Responsive EngineeringA NORTH East manufacturer will bolster its presence in the booming aerospace industry when it makes its debut at the world’s leading aviation event this week.

Responsive Engineering will showcase its expertise and world-class facilities at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) after being awarded the AS 9100 aerospace accreditation.

The internationally recognised quality management standard is the firm’s ticket to enter the global aerospace market, which anticipates over 38,000 aircraft, valued at more than $5.6 trillion, to be needed over the next 20 years.

The previous FIA generated a record of more than £140 billion in sales, with more than 1,500 exhibitors from 39 countries attending.  A five-hour flying display will also include some of the most advanced commercial and military aircraft in the world, headlined by the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, making one of its first flights in Europe.

Following the global downturn in the oil and gas industry, Responsive Engineering, part of the Reece Group, is diversifying into new markets, including aerospace and rail.

Managing director, Graeme Cook, has a wealth of experience in the sector having worked in the aerospace industry for over a decade before joining the Newcastle-based firm in 2015.  As a director at CAV Aerospace in Consett, County Durham, he helped steer the business from £15m-£20m turnover to £70m.

He said: “Our customers include world-leading oil and gas, power generation and defence engineering companies who demand the highest quality of manufacture, service and care. Using the latest generation equipment, we deliver optimised performance, efficient services and the most precise manufacturing processes available.

“This is an exciting new step for Responsive Engineering. As specialists in the manufacturing of products that withstand some of the toughest environmental conditions on the planet, we are looking forward to the challenges that the aerospace industry can offer.”

The firm boasts many years of experience serving the aerospace industry, working on a diverse range of projects from wing de-icing systems to bespoke systems for military helicopters.

Its unique state-of-the-art facilities in the Armstrong Works that stretch for 33,000m2 along the Scotswood Road, Newcastle, also mean it can provide a one-stop-shop service for customers around the world, raising quality and driving down costs.

AS 9100 was awarded following extensive audits at Armstrong Works where the firm provides high precision CNC machining, specialist welding and fabrication, assembly, pressing, testing and profiling.

The iconic factory was reopened in September last year following a £20m investment by the Reece Group – a holding company for a range of innovative businesses: Responsive Engineering, Pearson Engineering, MineWolf, Velocity UK, Reece Innovation and Continuous Retorts Ltd.

Reece Group CEO, Phil Kite, added: “The aerospace industry opens up a global marketplace and Farnborough International Airshow will be the best place to showcase the skilled workforce and first-class manufacturing facilities that we have here in the North East.”