The aerospace sector covers the manufacture of aircraft and spacecraft and their maintenance, repair and overhaul. Companies dealing with maintenance, repair and overhaul are very diverse.
They range from small specialist workshops to large international companies looking at the design, manufacture and maintenance of integrated systems.
The UK's aerospace and defence industries are key players in world markets. They make a major contribution to the UK economy through manufacturing and
research into new technologies.
The UK has a strong aerospace research and development base with particular expertise in aerodynamics. This allows the UK to play a leading role in wing, engine, weapon and rotor design within international consortia.
The UK aerospace industry has over 700 workplaces, with up to 400 maintenance, repair and overhaul sites.
Over half of all establishments employ fewer than five people.
Over two thirds of total employment is found on sites which employ more than 500 people.
Aerospace accounts for just under 0.4% of UK employment.
The aerospace industry has a tradition of high-level skills requirement: over 30% of employees are educated to degree standard or equivalent; more than 11% are involved in research and development.
The aerospace industry is at the forefront in developing new technologies including:
Replacement of pneumatic and hydraulic systems with electrical equivalents
Fly-by-wire and optical fibre technology
Blended wing body
Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs)
The demand for 800-seater airliners, next generation space shuttles and stealth aircraft will ensure that technology continues to develop.
The industry's pursuit of Process Excellence is set to increase productivity and maintain the position of UK aerospace within the global supply chain.
Process Excellence is a system for improving the way a company operates.
It is applied across the whole product lifecycle from initial concept, through to design, development, manufacturing, service and maintenance.
This practice will make a significant contribution to growth and innovation.
Since its inception in 2003 Helix Precision has developed into one of the leading precision engineering companies in the north of England producing precision components and one off fully assembled products to a broad and varied customer base.
Helix Precision has experienced rapid growth due to its continual investment in the latest CNC machinery and software, Stringent quality control and its unrivalled customer service. Helix Precision is a progressive company that aims to continually improve manufacturing practices and seek out new market areas through the willingness to adapt and change. Each stage of production, including finishing, assembly and shipment, is closely monitored. Our expertise lies in tailoring a manufacturing solution to each client's needs.
Providing both CNC machining and many secondary operations we can now offer a one stop solution for your engineering requirements. Often with machining a second operation is often required such as Heat treatment, Assembly, Anodizing, Painting, Chemical Blacking, Laser Cutting, Waterjet Cutting, by using our own machinery and approved suppliers all this can now be performed under the same roof at Helix, saving the purchaser many hours raising individual purchase orders for a single job. CNC Milling, CNC Turning, Laser Cutting to Surface Grinding you can order the combination that suits your requirements, with just one phone call to our friendly staff.