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British Aerospace on Top
For Immediate Release
AEROSPACE companies in the United Kingdom have topped all three
manufacturing categories in a new survey carried out by the international
Aviation Week magazine.
The survey, which measured the competitiveness of aerospace companies, named
British Aerospace as the leading large aviation company with UK-based Smiths
Industries heading the medium-size company category and Umeco, a provider of
value-added distribution services to the European aerospace industry, being
chosen as the industry's best small company.
In addition to their improved competitiveness in terms of manufacturing in
the three categories covering different size companies, the UK trio were
among those listed by the survey as the industry's top five companies.
The survey report says there has been "a sea-change in the performance
of UK companies compared with their United States rivals since 1994,
and that level of performance has moved to the forefront in the last
It continued: "It has been steadily building and today the overall
performance of many US companies is inferior to those of UK
organisations. The percentage improvement over US large, medium and
small companies in most areas is staggering."
A spokesman for the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC),
the UK's national aerospace trade association, explained: "The survey
reveals substantial progress across the four measures of
competitiveness - a trend that reflects three years of consistent
improvement. When all the categories are combined, three of the five
top companies are British. Umeco comes out on top followed by Smiths
Industries and British Aerospace."
The SBAC, which represents more than 400 companies across the whole spectrum
of the industry from airframes and aero engines to equipment, materials,
guided weapons and satellites, is one of the leaders of a new UK initiative
to find the balance between the benefits of air travel and the impact it has
on the environment. Aviation accounts for just 3.5 per cent of the man-made
activities that contribute to global warming but this figure is forecast to
rise significantly as air travel continues to grow strongly over the next 50
The SBAC and others have formed an Aviation Environment Group that aims to
bring together aircraft manufacturers, travel organisations,
environmentalists, university researchers and other interested parties to
draw up a national strategy and stimulate innovations that could minimise
the impact of aviation on the environment.
The group, which includes the Royal Aeronautical Society, British Air
Transport Association and Air Operators Association, says innovations across
a broad front are needed to enable aviation to continue to develop in a
Technology could, for example, reduce fuel consumption by a further 50 per
cent but the necessary research is becoming "increasingly demanding."
Improvements in air traffic management could also reduce stacking and
provide more direct routings to save fuel and curb emissions.
SBAC says while early jet airliners were noisy and left trails of
smoke and fumes in their wake, today's planes are much quieter and
cleaner. The spokesman continued: "Despite their much higher speed, the
fuel consumption and emissions of a modern aircraft, per passenger
carried, are comparable to those of a mid-sized car or train."
The Society of British Aerospace Companies
Duxbury House, 60 Petty France,
London, United Kingdom, SW1H 9EU
Telephone: +44 171 227 1000
Fax: +44 171
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