The UK is important to EADS: it is one of four home countries; it has global influence within the aerospace and defence sector and is home to a skilled workforce that helps the Group design and manufacture world-leading technology, products and services.
With a workforce of close to 17,500 employees, located at 32 sites stretching across the UK from Aberdeen to Portsmouth, EADS is the second largest aerospace and defence employer in the UK and, with a proud 100-year British heritage, a major contributor to the UK economy with a British turnover of close to £2.9 billion.
Airbus aircraft have benefitted from UK input from the earliest days. The company is today a global leader in manufacturing and advanced technology development with the UK providing expertise in the design and manufacturing of wings and providing engineering excellence on landing gears and fuel systems. Sites at Filton and Broughton employ a workforce of more than 11,000 employees and an extended supply chain - including SMEs from all over the UK - help Airbus generate nearly £2billion annually for the UK economy.
Astrium, the UK’s biggest space company operating in a sector worth £9 billion to the UK economy, employs more than 3,500 people to design and manufacture some of the most sophisticated civil and military satellites in the world while SSTL, a UK subsidiary, is the world-leader in the development of small satellites. The Company is recognised for its specialist expertise in Earth observation, telecommunications, scientific exploration technology and spacecraft electronics.
Cassidian provides integrated and secure solutions that allow sensors, people and platforms to work together seamlessly. Endorsed by HMG as one of four trusted cyber security partners, the UK-based team of world-leading cyber security experts, specialised in security, information assurance and cryptography offers secure information services, cyber solutions and security to Critical National Infrastructure.
Eurocopter is the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer and Britain’s civil helicopter hub. The leading provider of helicopters to the civil and blue light services markets it is also a favourite with the military as all helicopter pilots in the UK armed forces have trained on a Eurocopter platform. Vector Aerospace, the Group’s rotary wing maintenance specialist company, also provides helicopter and engine support and maintenance.
A visionary spirit is the driving force at EADS Innovation Works (IW), the Group’s dedicated research and technology arm. Here the work of academic pioneers, research institutes and UK government bodies is brought together to develop world-beating technologies including advanced cyber security & cryptography, simulation of complex systems and advanced wing design. By 2012, EADS IW was established at Filton, Newport and Edinburgh with 140 engineers and routinely collaborated with over 20 UK universities, in addition to partnering with Cardiff University, Exeter University and University of Surrey in laboratories respectively researching Lightning Strike, Additive Layer Manufacturing and Space Propulsion.
The Group is driven by a single EADS vision: a strong group of companies united by common goals to deliver to an overarching strategy: to offer our customers world-beating technology:
• Airbus: largest UK civil aerospace exporter, designing and manufacturing wings for every Airbus. Airbus’ site at Broughton is home to the largest factory built in the last 25 years in Britain, while the Company’s operation at Filton is where the new, 12 acre aerospace park is located. Airbus Military is also on course to be the leading supplier of large aircraft to the RAF with its Voyager and A400M Atlas aircraft.
• Astrium: the world’s first commercial provider of military satellite communications services and sole provider of satellites for UK satellite TV broadcast.
• Cassidian: Parliament’s first choice for cyber security and provides security from cyber-attack to 90% of the MoDs networks
• Eurocopter: 75% of the UK’s police helicopter market uses the EC 135/145 types, while all UK armed forces’ helicopter pilots have trained on a Eurocopter platform.
EADS is also a driver and partner in key strategic initiatives, frequently working jointly with Government to help strengthen the Group and the UK’s prospects for the future through financial growth and stability, skills and technology development and manufacturing and export opportunities:
• Partner in the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), launched in July 2012
• Partner in the Defence Growth Partnership (DGP), launched in September 2013
• Key contributor to the initiative to fund 500 MSc in Aerospace Engineering
• Member of the 5% Club