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Boeing Sheffield prepares for landing after planning decision

28 July 2017

The world’s largest aerospace company, Boeing, has been given a flying start in their plan to grow in Sheffield, after planning officers at Sheffield City Council gave their multi-million pound plans the go-ahead today (Friday 28 July).

Sheffield City Council has approved the Boeing’s plans for a manufacturing and research building along with ancillary car parking and landscaping at the Sheffield Business Park.

The move will create at least 30 new jobs and provide the region’s businesses with significant new supply chain opportunities.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at SCC, said: “We’re delighted that Boeing has chosen Sheffield as the location for their first factory in Europe, a decision that is testament to the great skills and research capability we have in the region.

“I’d also like to praise our planning team for the speedy way they have worked on this – Sheffield is a city that knows business and can handle the very biggest global companies.

“I’m looking forward to working with Boeing as one of its stated aims is to try and source significant amounts through the local supply chains – this is a tremendous opportunity for local companies and job creation.

“We are pleased that Sheffield City Council has approved Boeing’s planning application for Boeing Sheffield.  It will be located on a site adjacent to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District,” said James Needham, Senior Operations Manager for Boeing Sheffield.

“Boeing Sheffield will produce actuation systems for commercial aeroplanes, specifically the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 and will employ more than 30 people when it opens in late 2018.

“We also plan to place additional actuation systems work into Boeing Portland in Oregon, in the United States which will further build on their demonstrated capabilities. We are grateful to the Sheffield and Rotherham communities for supporting our planning application and we look forward to drawing on local talent and suppliers to make Boeing Sheffield a success.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership said: “This multi-million-pound investment is fantastic news and further endorses the region’s credentials as a global centre for innovation-inspired advanced manufacturing.

“A lot of people across the region have worked in partnership to help bring this investment about and it will play to the strengths of our supply chain and skilled workforce.”

Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield’s AMRC, said: “It has always been our ambition that one day Boeing would open a manufacturing facility in Sheffield. This announcement is the culmination of a successful relationship that has developed since the AMRC with Boeing was founded 16 years ago. We are delighted that our region has come together to support this investment – it sets us apart as a leading location for high-value advanced manufacturing”

Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said:

“Boeing Sheffield is hugely important, not only for our region and the North of England, but also the UK’s global industrial ambitions in high-productivity, high-value manufacturing. The Innovation District can play a crucial role in a new Industrial Revolution for the UK – one centred on science and innovation, but working hand in hand with industry. I am deeply proud that leading global companies recognise that Made in Sheffield still remains a hallmark of quality.”

Three research buildings are in the process of being completed in the western corner of the site. The University of Sheffield’s Factory 2050, which is located in the middle of the site, is open and operational and a hydraulic press facility which is attached to the Factory 2050 is in the process of being completed.