France and the UK are the leading employment providers in the aerospace industry. Spanning over 4 million employees, a majority of them are absorbed in aircraft technology, while the remaining employees are recruited in space and missile programs.
More than 3,000 aerospace companies operate in the UK, including undisputed global leaders from the UK such as BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, European leaders such as Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica and Thales and large global businesses such as Boeing and Bombardier. In addition the UK aerospace sector has the largest small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) base in Europe, with SMEs accounting for 55 per cent of civil aerospace sales in 2010.
The UK has a particular reputation as a global centre of excellence for the design and production of wings and aerostructures, aero engines and aircraft systems (including landing gears). Aerospace and Defence remains the UK’s second largest private sector investor in research and development. In addition, the UK has a thriving maintenance, repair and overhaul sector, servicing the huge numbers of military and civil aircraft that fly through and from the UK every year.
UKEC offers aerospace and defense (A&D) clients an integrated, capability-based, and authoritative industry perspective combined with deep functional capabilities as the only dedicated A&D industry consulting team among the leading management consultancies. We help clients chart new territory in such sectors as commercial aviation, military aerospace, military land systems, shipbuilding, defense electronics, and space. We have decades of experience in helping the industry achieved clarity so clients can realize their goals even in turbulent times.
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