Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan has today hailed the announcement of a multi-million pound deal between Magellan Aerospace and Airbus as testament to the talent and innovative capabilities of the Welsh aviation industry.
Magellan Aerospace announced today an agreement between the company and Airbus for a contract extension worth £370million to deliver aluminium and titanium structural wing components from its operations in Wrexham and Bournemouth. The components will be used in the A320, A330 and A380 aircraft.
Mrs Gillan visited Airbus’ Toulouse headquarters in May where she met with senior officials and industry experts before being escorted on a tour of the A380 Final Assembly Line. Here, she paid tribute to Welsh workers for their role in the company’s success, which will also be highlighted when she visits Airbus and other aviation companies with strong Welsh links at the Farnborough International Airshow on Friday 13 July.
Mrs Gillan said:
“The aviation industry continues to play a vital role in the Welsh and UK economy. This announcement today is a real validation of the skill, talent and capability of our workforce here in Wales. We have the abilities and skills in Wales to be recognised on a global scale.
“Magellan Aerospace is one of the world’s most integrated aerospace industry suppliers and this is the kind of investment we need to attract. These deals play a significant part in helping to make the Welsh economy grow and thrive and help to sustain thousands of jobs in the aviation sector and of those businesses in its supply chain.”