Boeing announces plans for £20 million factory in Catcliffe

By Sam Cooper | 24/02/2017

Boeing announces plans for £20 million factory in Catcliffe
An artist's impression of what the factory would look like

AEROSPACE giant Boeing has announced plans to build a £20 million new factory in Catcliffe.

The new plant, which will be named Boeing Sheffield, will be built next to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre founded by Boeing and the University of Sheffield in 2001, subject to approval.

The company said the factory would create at least 30 jobs and produce hi-tech aircraft components.

Sir Michael Arthur, president of Boeing Europe and managing director of Boeing UK, said: “The UK provides Boeing with the talent and infrastructure we need to grow and maintain a high level of productivity and quality to meet our significant order book.

“We are proud to expand our relationship with the UK further with Boeing Sheffield.

“Our decision to start manufacturing high-value components in the UK is a step-change in our engagement and a further example of Boeing’s commitment to grow here, supporting the UK’s long-term prosperity.”

The announcement comes just weeks after supercar giant McLaren selected a site within the nearby Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District for a £50 million chassis factory.

Boeing also said it would also increase its commitment to research at the site.

Professor Keith Ridgway, executive dean of the AMRC with Boeing, said: “This announcement is the culmination of a successful relationship that has developed since the AMRC was founded and reinforces that our region is a leading location for high-value advanced manufacturing.

“We look forward to supporting Boeing and continuing to ensure that U.K. manufacturers remain competitive, through access to our expertise here at the AMRC.”

Boeing said it expects to start recruiting for the site next year, through Sheffield City Region funding.

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