19 JUNE 2017
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In a vote of confidence in its British operations, Boeing last week announced its direct spending with UK suppliers had tripled over the past six years to £2.1bn, supporting an estimated 16,500 jobs in the tier one UK supply chain, a rise of 80%.
Direct Boeing employment to support local airline, military and security customers has doubled to 2,200 since 2011, the company said, and Boeing UK continued to grow, recruiting on average one new employee a day.
Boeing Europe president and Boeing UK and Ireland managing director Sir Michael Arthur said: “The partnership between the UK and Boeing is one of mutual benefit, driving economic growth and prosperity for both the UK and the US.
“Boeing is committed to growing our engagement in the UK, working together with employees, customers, suppliers and partners. We continue to find significant talent and supply chain capability, a strong market and world-class partners in the UK.”
In the past year, Boeing has announced plans for its first European manufacturing plant in Sheffield, a commercial aviation maintenance hangar at Gatwick and an RAF contract that together will create several hundred more jobs at Boeing, its partners and in the supply chain.
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