New aerospace research facility planned for North Wales

Proposed Deeside Research Facility (Image: Welsh Government)
Proposed Deeside Research Facility (Image: Welsh Government)

The Welsh Government has announced plans for a new £30m research facility in Deeside, North Wales to focus on Aerospace, Nuclear and Automotive industries.

Airbus, who currently build wings at its nearby Broughton site will be one of the first tenants that will use the facility. They will use the site to test and develop new wing technologies.

£20m of the cost will be funded by the Welsh Government with the remaining £10m being funded by the project partners. It will be spilt across two sites with a development hub in Broughton and a business development and advice facility near Deeside industrial park.

Welsh secretary Alun Cairns said: “Global aviation leaders like Airbus continue to invest heavily in the talent and skills available in north-east Wales” adding “demonstrates Wales is open for business.”

The facility is being developed by the Deeside Enterprise Zone Advisory Board, the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Swansea University, and Coleg Cambria.

Speaking about the development head of Airbus Broughton, Paul McKinlay said it would enable them to “stay ahead of the competition.”

More details about the facility are expected to be announced by mid 2017.

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