Aerospace Innovation


Innovation is key to the long term sustainability of aerospace, defence and advanced engineering sectors.

Aerospace Innovation in the Southwest

The UK aerospace sector is a global leader, number one in Europe and second globally only to the US. The UK’s (and Southwest’s) aerospace sector contributes massively to the economy with high growth potential in the near future. Aerospace leads in the development and application of innovation in both product and process. Aerospace and advanced engineering as a sector has a mature and well-defined innovation methodology that makes it a challenging and exciting industry to work in.

WEAF are supporting a number of innovative programs and industry projects that enable our members to deliver solutions and new products.
We’ve pulled together specialist advice and support to innovate your business.

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The aerospace industry has the potential to make significant contributions to the UK commitments to reduce carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. Here is a list of businesses (and links) that will help you reduce carbon emissions.


Leading institutions specialising in advanced engineering produce high calibre graduates, meaning the Southwest benefits from expertise in robotics, autonomous systems, composites, ceramics, avionics and other higher value added technologies.


Organisations set up from 2011 onwards by Innovate UK in the UK to promote research and development through business-led collaboration between scientists and engineers to exploit market opportunities.


The Somerset Innovation Network aims to encourage collaboration and innovation between advanced engineering businesses, whilst helping them grow and develop through a variety of tailored free business support.


News and Posts

Belgium Aerospace Networking Reception

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Member News: Connected Metrology with Bowers Group

Connected Metrology with Bowers Group: Huge Time Savings Achieved with Excel Precision’s SYLVAC SolutionExcel Precision, a prominent player in the UK's EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining) sector, recently worked with Bowers Group to address a complex machining...

Ground-breaking transatlantic flight using 100% green fuels

The first transatlantic flight by a large passenger plane powered only by alternative fuels will soon take off. Operated by Virgin Atlantic, it will fly from London's Heathrow to New York's JFK airport at 11:30 GMT. Airlines see the flight, which is supported by...