MEP Chichester to visit UTC Aerospace Systems
Giles Chichester, Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, will visit UTC Aerospace Systems in Southway, Plymouth on Friday, September 20.
He will be briefed by the marketing director, Alison Fenn, and colleagues about the company’s successful research and manufacturing work for the international aerospace industry. This year, the company is celebrating 100 years of its foundation and has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the third time in the past decade.
The company, based at Southway in Plymouth, is recognised as an international market leader in the aerospace and defence industry.
It traces its roots back to 1913 as Sperry Gyroscopes and then underwent a number of ownership changes until 2012 when it was purchased by United Technologies Corporation, the world’s largest technologically advanced aerospace and defence products supplier. It now forms part of the UTAS business grouping with access to UTAS facilities in the USA, Canada and India.
UTAS Plymouth has 280 staff, (of which half have PHD/degree level qualifications), who are employed in research, design and manufacturing. Its products include Navigation/Terrain Avoidance equipment, Inertial Systems Gyroscopes and Accelerometers. In 2012, the Company achieved £44.1m in turnover with 73% earned from exports.
The company is now addressing opportunities in the global civilian aerospace market. One of their major development projects is TSAS (Taxi Strike Alert System) which is an advisory system to assist flight crews avoid obstacles whilst taxiing their aircraft at airports. The aircraft industry loses up to$11 billion annually worldwide due to accidents on the ground of which a third are attributed to aircraft manoeuvres during taxiing.
(from a press release)
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