Aerospace innovation: Why Wales is punching above its weight

We talked to John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales, about the technologies of the future being developed in Wales.

With around 3 million residents, Wales is a small country but it’s making a big impact in aerospace. While that’s just 5% of the UK population, Wales represents 10% of the UK’s aerospace industry, made up of over 160 companies and employing in excess of 23,000 people.

Just a few of the companies with operations there include Airbus, GE, Marshall Aviation Services, British Airways and more.

“We’re definitely punching above our weight.”

By John Whalley, Chief Executive, Aerospace Wales

Whalley told us more about the aerospace sector in Wales, including a bid to become home to a space port and its capabilities for UAV testing.

Whalley says, “There are very few areas in the world where you can do this in segregated airspace…We get enquiries from all over the world.”

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