Aerospace Up! hour: weekly forum for all things Coronavirus and beyond

Brought to you by MAA and University of Nottingham


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Our seventh "Aerospace Up! hour" is on Thursday 4 June, 11:30-12:30 BST. Please register below.

You will be able to join this virtual meeting using Microsoft Teams. You can register right up to the start of the meeting. We will then send you a link to join.
(if you don't have Teams, you don't need special software, or to download anything, you will be able to join on the web in a couple of clicks; for any issues email
Come along with your coffee! Arrive five minutes early if you can -- like a "real" meeting -- to help us start on time.
You’ll be able to send us your questions and comments during the meeting.
You can stay behind afterwards to say hello, chill, network, ask questions, as you normally would
(All that's missing is the biscuits!)


This week we'll be introducing you to members of the MAA and University teams who are going to be working to support you through the Aerospace Up programme. 

Then we'll be taking a closer look at recent announcements by Rolls-Royce, which are going to have a significant impact right across our region's aerospace cluster:

-- getting the perspective of our special guest Tony Tinley, Regional Officer, Unite the Union and MAA Director on the company's announced employment reductions;

-- discussing Rolls-Royce's new procurement strategies that have made the headlines in the press recently;

-- reminding you that we would like your feedback (please) on the MAA's new five-point strategy.

-- hearing from Charlotte Horobin, Region Director – Midlands & East of England, about Make UK's ideas for sector industrial strategies to address the current emergency;


Haven't participated before? Here are some of the interesting industry people we've interviewed or heard from on the agenda in previous weeks:
  1. Jason Aldridge, Managing Director, Arrowsmith Engineering
  2. Ellis Blackham, Logistics Accounts Manager, JJX Logistics
  3. Dave Blower, Sales Director, Maycast Nokes Precision Engineering
  4. Craig Fulwood, NPI Manager, MJ Sections
  5. Mark Jones, Sales Director, TQC
  6. Dave Hillan, Partner, Grant Thornton
  7. Matthias Meyer, Managing Director, Heller Machine Tools
  8. Luke Parker, Managing Director, Acres Engineering
  9. Annette Rothwell, Chair, MAA Supply Chain Performance Group, formerly senior procurement leader at Rolls-Royce, Esterline, BAE Systems  
  10. Angela Tooley, Enterprise Development Manager, University of Derby
  11. Dr Keith Tucker, Managing Director, Ashton and Moore
We've covered things like: how they see the evolving marketplace; how the crisis is affecting their business; steps they're taking to manage the situation; ideas for new products and services. 


What else have we discussed?
  1. A big feature is more detail on how you can get help from Aerospace UP, the new programme with the University of Nottingham to tackle the threats and opportunities of the Coronavirus crisis.
  2. What’s going on in the MAA/MTC DRAMA additive hour on Tuesdays? Should you be coming to that too?
  3. How can MAA members help each other during the Coronavirus outbreak? What help do you need from the MAA?
  4. With all the recent announcements, what can we now say about how the civil aerospace industry is going to change in the months and years to come?
  5. The MAA surveys of company impacts and reactions -- how are things with your company?
  6. What’s happening in aerospace clusters across Europe and the world?
  7. Farnborough Airshow cancelled -- what next?
  8. The trials and tribulations of remote-working – key lessons for every company
  9. Aerospace companies helping make hospital ventilators -- what do we think?
  10. How are the big companies changing their procurement strategies because of the Coronavirus?
Questions beforehand?
email MAA Technology Manager

Register now!