WEAF continually seeks to deliver and support key projects vital to the future sustainability and growth of the aerospace sector, both nationally and in the South West.

Projects are normally either part of the national Aerospace Growth Partnership strategy and agenda, focusing on Technology, Skills, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Competitiveness, or can be part of Local Enterprise Partnerships funded activities, which WEAF helps to align with the national aerospace strategy.

Currently, WEAF collaborates within the Federation, consisting of ADS and the other Regional Aerospace Alliances to deliver two specific projects in the South West –  Supply Chains for the 21st Century (SC21) and the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).

National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme

The Aerospace Growth Partnership developed NATEP aimed at small and medium sized suppliers to help them develop their own innovative technologies to enhance their capabilities and increase their ability to win new business with higher tier companies anywhere in the world.

To find out more about the program and the submission criteria visit the NATEP Website or contact our program Technology Manager Eric Bray:


Accelerating Cross-sector Collaborative Ecosystems and Sustainable Supply-chains

The ACCESS program aims to launch a cross-sector, SME focused supply-chain collaboration digital marketplace that will enable B2B tendering and collaboration. Establishing a freemium smart manufacturing app-store that will drive SME engagement and incentivise users to maintain profile data, connect with other network users and drive collaboration.

ACCESS will accelerate development of UK sustainable transport supply-chain by redeploying skilled labour and plant capacity of ‘at-risk’ aero/auto suppliers.

The program is being led by Valuechain Technology, partnered by the West of England Aerospace Forum, Tricorn Systems, Rail Forum and the North East Automotive Alliance.


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