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Conference: Innovation in the Midlands aerospace supply chain

Farnborough Airshow Hall 1, Ground Floor: Room Pioneer 1A

New technologies and capabilities for aerospace and space

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This conference is organised by the University of Nottingham's Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA) to highlight some of the great new technologies and capabilities emerging as important building blocks for future aerospace and space industry requirements. Aerospace Unlocking Potential and Pivot into Space (see below) are two recent programmes that have supported manufacturing companies to develop a wealth of new technologies and capabilities in the Midlands: with a combination of rapidly available R&D grants, expert industry guidance, access to cutting-edge facilities and student placements.


11:00 programme starts

New technology and capability development in the Midlands manufacturing supply chain: scope, scale and focuses Dr Andrew Mair, Chief Executive, MAA, Liz Griffiths, Programme Manager, Pivot into Space

Accelerating supply chain innovation – the Institute for Aerospace Technology (IAT) Professor Chris Bennett, Director, IAT

Industry case studies from . . .


Precision manufacturer Burcas are developing the manufacturing technology necessary for the production of ultra-high precision cryogenic turbo pump components. The pumps, which run at hypersonic speeds, have been designed by LENA Space Limited, will ultimately be used on a Portuguese launcher for a European Space Agency (ESA) programme.

G&O Springs

The core competence of G&O Springs is springs for safety critical applications with tight tolerances. Their digitalisation project created a shareable, multiuser cloud based bespoke Advanced Product Quality Planning system (APQP) fully integrated into a Teams environment which was an industry first; employing a university student helped them improve business-wide systems and increase employee skills.

PAK Engineering

P.A.K. Engineering are looking to bring their thermal management and advanced manufacturing know-how to improve the reliability of battery packs on CubeSats. P.A.K. are working with the University of Nottingham on an existing CubeSat platform to introduce a new 3D printed heat exchanger with active thermal management.

PGM Reball

PGM Reball make world leading ballscrews that fly on the most demanding aerospace and space programmes; they have been working on advanced prototyping with the University of Nottingham’s Precision Manufacturing Centre.


SHD Composite Materials are manufacturers and developers of advanced composite prepreg materials and technology, striving to increase the use of bio-based materials to reduce environmental impact in many sectors, including aerospace and space. they will share their technology development journey.


Precision polishing machine manufacturer Zeeko, with its strong legacy in the space industry, will describe how an R&D grant has helped them develop a robotic freeform polishing system targeted specifically at aerospace applications.

How to collaborate with our expert teams: come and see the IAT in Hall 1, Stand 1026, and the MAA in Hall 1, Stand 1320, Professor Chris Bennett

12:45 programme closes

All are welcome!

You do not need to reserve a place, we are holding the conference in a room that should hold everyone we expect to come! And the event is free to attend; (you are responsible for obtaining your own entry tickets to the Farnborough Airshow).

The manufacturing supply chain R&D programmes

Aerospace Unlocking Potential was designed and delivered by the IAT and MAA. It was supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which helped businesses to access funding and expertise to improve their performance through innovation in all aspects of their enterprise.

Pivot into Space is designed and delivered by the MAA. It is part-funded by industry, part-funded by the UK Space Agency, and is a cross-sector R&D programme to support innovative Midlands companies diversify into upstream space markets (the design, manufacture of spacecraft, payloads, systems, subsystems, and components, and the infrastructure required to launch and operate them from Earth).