QMT Features: October 2009
AeroEngineering 09
AeroEngineering 09 is a brand new conference and exhibition for the aerospace supply chain, launching in Manchester, November 10 & 11th

AeroEngineering 09 is a new strategic forum for the aerospace supply chain’s senior engineering management and decision makers, business leaders, recruitment managers and stakeholders. Being held at the Manchester Convention Centre Complex in the UK, it offers an inside track on future global aerospace programme opportunities and procurement processes.

The Strategic Business Summit and concurrent AeroSkills Session – designed to address the skills required for current and future aerospace engineers – complements the AeroEngineering Exhibition and Open Technology Forums which showcase leading edge suppliers and technologies. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the world-leading Manchester Materials Science Centre and gain  insights into the groundbreaking research and developments schedules at the University of Manchester’s Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility and its Textile Composites Facility. Visitors will also receive an exclusive overview of the new Composites Certification & Evaluation Facility (CCEF) at the Northwest Composites Centre and tour its Materials Testing & Analysis Unit. 

In the  AeroEngineering Strategic Business Summit Programme - Providing the Vision to Generate Strategy - Tier One Programme Managers from around the world will present to delegates unrivalled insights that will help them determine the necessary technology requirements and skill needs of future programme requirements.

Scheduled speakers include technology domain leaders from BAE Systems (Steve Johnston), EADS Astrium (Richard Peckham), GE Aviation (Peter Allsopp), QinetiQ (Nigel Mills and Darren White) and Rolls-Royce (Mike Hicks), and according to industry expert Dr Neil Calder, director of Engineered Capabilities (www.engineered capabilities.co.uk), “The programme breaks new ground in the way the aerospace industry networks and flags up future business opportunities. 

The speakers are the same people who effectively set the agenda and priorities for the UK’s cutting edge research and development collaborative projects. These are Government-supported multi-partner, multi-million pound initiatives that effectively set the benchmark agenda for world-class projects. For example, next-generation composite aerostructures and energy-efficient engines for short-range aircraft, as well as advanced electrical power systems are all part of their on-going focus on new technology capability.”

The resulting knowledge transfer process has, he adds, naturally resulted in specific roadmaps for each technology domain.
The programmes scheduled for discussion include:

  • Joint Strike Fighter & Automated Programmes by Steve Vandersteen, Director – Procurement & Supply Chain, BAE Systems UK;
  • Airbus A350, A30X (New Short Range aircraft), by Ian Dawkins, Senior Vice President & Head of Future Programmes, Airbus France;
  • ATR 90-seater – France;
  • Saab Gripen (New generation) by Gripen International, Sweden; 
  • The AgustaWestland AW149, AWXX,AW101 by AgustaWestland UK;
  • ERICA/EuroTilt – AgustaWestland Italy;
  • AVIC C919 Trunk Liner by Pang Zhen, President Shenyang Aircraft Corporation China;
  • Medium Combat Aircraft (MCA) Multi-role Transport (MTA) and Helo programmes by Hindustan Aeronautics India.

The Future International Aircraft Programme session is scheduled to include:

  • Bombardier Cseries 110- to 130-seat passenger aircraft, by Colin Elliott, Vice president – Engineering & Business Development, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast; 
  • Boeing Y1, 737RS, 747-8,787-10,777-200 – from the USA; and
  • Embraer KC-390 military transporter, from Brazil.

These will be complemented by a chairman’s opening address by Rear Admiral Terry Loughran CB FRAeS, a welcome address by Neil Semple, Head of Aerospace, Advanced Engineering UK Trade & Investment, as well as a keynote presentation by the SBAC.

 In addition, a session on Prime Contractors is planned by Reinald Plau, Head of Engineering, Premium AEROTEC GmbH, Germany.l

Visit www.aeroconf.com for details for up-to-date programme and speaker details.

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