Responding to the announcement of the planned Barding Bearings factory closure in Plymouth, Colin Turner, CEO of the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), said: “This has come as a major shock for Plymouth and is a wake up call for the aerospace supply chain in the southwest. It is disappointing to hear of the loss of so many high value jobs but also WEAF is fearful of the knock on effect throughout the supply chain.”

 

“Even though the South West aerospace industry is one of the most efficient in the world, the second largest in Europe, it shows that we are not immune to the wind of change and the uncertainty which swirls around the industry as it comes to terms with the challenges of Brexit .”