"Farnborough 2014 is a hot one for the Isle of Man”
30 July 2014
The dust has settled on another Farnborough International Airshow and I’ve been following up on the significant numbers of enquiries and leads that the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster generated while exhibiting there as part of the North West Aerospace Alliance’s (NWAA) stand.
To add to the steady stream of visitors to the stand I also had to contend with sauna-like conditions due to the high temperatures and humidity!
Farnborough is where the world’s aviation and aerospace manufacturing industry gets together every 2 years to meet existing customers, potential new ones and to negotiate and to conclude deals that may have been in the pipeline for years. Early indications show a record year for numbers of trade visitors and orders finalised.
It was a great show for the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster too. We had visitors to the stand from all round the world and I was encouraged that more and more people knew about the Isle of Man in advance of meeting us.
We went down with two key objectives. To attract new business that complements our existing capabilities and to seek suppliers to fill the gaps in our local supply chain such as materials stockholding and heat and surface treatments.
There was also the opportunity to highlight our diverse economy including our thriving business aviation sector.
Unfortunately the main highlight of the week – the appearance of the new F35 fighter – was cancelled at the last minute. However our PR guy had persuaded BBC North West Tonight to visit the show to cover how the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster had contributed to its manufacture.
Apart from getting myself on TV this appearance gave me the opportunity to highlight our position as a valued partner to the NWAA and of the increasingly strong ties that the Isle of Man has with the North West region.
Seeing the rows of planes that were being displayed to potential buyers I was reminded of how many of them contained components precision manufactured in the Isle of Man. So when you jet off on your holidays to the sun this summer you’ll more than likely be sitting in a plane that has manmade parts on it – Isle of Man-Made parts that is!