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ADS says industrial strategy must prioritise high value sectors

Posted 13 April 2017 · Add Comment

The UK's future economic success depends on an industrial strategy that delivers radical improvements in innovation and focuses on high value design, according to ADS, the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors.

Responding to the Government’s Building our Industrial Strategy green paper, ADS proposes major new measures to boost growth and productivity, including:

  • Creating a national High Value Design Organisation to oversee challenge funding across multiple sectors, helping to generate up to 60,000 jobs by 2030.
  • £45m public investment to boost supply chain productivity and exports through the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels (NMCL) programme, match funded by industry.
  • Building on the successful aerospace sector strategy with a new Sector Deal for Defence, including extension of the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) to cover the sector.
  • Boosting funding to the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) by £50m a year to accelerate investment in productivity growth in aerospace companies across the UK.

ADS Chief Executive Paul Everitt (right) said: “The UK faces long-term economic challenges and we must put real backing behind high value design and innovation, or risk being overtaken by our international competitors.

“Aerospace has blazed a trail in industrial strategy, showing how Government and industry working together can create substantial boosts in productivity, jobs and exports.

“It is now vital for the Government’s modern industrial strategy to build on this success and put the UK at the forefront of cutting edge technological development and advanced manufacturing in the years ahead.”

A new High Value Design Organisation would oversee a programme of challenge funding and make sure the UK develops advanced skills and expertise in the sectors where it competes successfully around the world.

Analysis from the ATI found the UK’s capabilities in high value design fell by 30% between 1990 and 2015. Upgrading the UK’s high value design capabilities would arrest this decline and could create up to 60,000 jobs by 2030, contributing £16 billion to the economy.

High value design is critical to the future success of the UK aerospace industry, which will need to maintain engineering and whole aircraft design skills to play a full role in the next generation of commercial passenger aircraft.

Public funding for the NMCL programme, with £45m from Government over four years matched by a further £45 million from industry, would improve the competitiveness of companies in manufacturing supply chains and benefit small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in every region.

Further measures called for by ADS in its industrial strategy green paper response include:

  • Prioritising areas of technological progress like composite materials, robotics and aerospace electrical power systems for support from the new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.
  • Creating a National Combat Air Strategy to maintain the UK’s position as a global leader in the sector.
  • Establishing a Security Export Support Team in the Department for International Trade.

Under the existing industrial strategy, the creation of Growth Partnerships for Aerospace, Defence and Security & Resilience have coincided with productivity growth in those sectors outperforming the rest of the UK economy.

Compared to a UK average of 3.3% productivity growth, the aerospace sector saw a 30% rise in the five years from 2010, the defence sector 29% and the security sector 16%.

The benefits have extended across the whole of the UK, with 70% to 80% of the companies benefiting from Aerospace Growth Partnership programmes including Sharing in Growth and projects run by the ATI being based outside London and the South East.

 

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