The ILA Berlin is one of the largest trade exhibitions for the aerospace industry in the world. It includes conferences, business meetings and workshops that are open to trade visitors only. An extensive static aircraft display and the air shows at the weekend are open to the public. There are over 1000 exhibitors at each ILA, which attracts up to 200,000 visitors.
The ILA trade fair provides a platform for international exchange between the aerospace industry, space agencies, the military, politics and science. Representatives of world-renowned companies, leading exhibitors and aviation experts use it as an opportunity to discuss market developments, strategies and trends.
Aerospace manufacturing is a high-technology industry that produces “aircraft, guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft engines, propulsion units, and related parts”. Most of the industry is geared toward governmental work.
In the UK, the Aerospace sector is a successful, vibrant, high value, high technology engineering, manufacturing and service industry. Its strengths are in areas such as the design and manufacture of large aircraft wings, aircraft engines, helicopters and advanced systems including landing gear, fuel, mechanical, avionics and electrical power.
Facts and Figures
The UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world after the US, with over 3,000 companies employing approximately 230,000 people. It’s expected to grow at a rate of 6.8% over the next few years.
With a 17% Global market share, the UK Aerospace industry and ADS (Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space) Members are well positioned to benefit from the continued rapid growth in the international aerospace market. Environmental regulations and considerations are key drivers for the latest technology developments and the UK is particularly well-placed to exploit this trend, having strong capabilities in all relevant areas such as technology, manufacturing and regulatory frameworks.
The 3,000+ aerospace companies operating in the UK include BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce. Other international companies with operations in the UK are Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.
The UK aerospace sector has the largest number of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) companies in Europe, with 55% of total civil aerospace sales in 2010.
The UK has strengths in areas such as the design and manufacture of large aircraft wings, production of aircraft engines, design and manufacture of advanced helicopters, building landing gear systems and creating advanced aircraft systems. The global demand for new commercial helicopters is expected to be more than 40,000 units every year, worth $165 billion.
It was Britain’s Frank Whittle that propelled aviation into the jet age. The UK is today one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of jet engines. The main player is Rolls-Royce, the world’s second-largest aero-engine manufacturer. Its engines power more than 30 types of commercial aircraft, and it has more than 30,000 engines currently in service across both the civil and defence sectors. Rolls Royce’s family of Trent jet engines makes up around 75% of its order book, with variants of the Trent engine used on both the Airbus A380 and the Boeing Dreamliner.
The amount of engines produced by Rolls Royce creates opportunities for manufacturers of components operating throughout the UK. This also helps to continue demand for servicing and maintaining aircraft engines.
Although the UK no longer builds complete passenger aircraft it retains the skills and capabilities to design and manufacture almost all of the key components from fuel systems and landing gear, to wings, fuselages, flight control surfaces, nacelles and jet engines. UK engineering is at the heart of the sector’s most ambitious projects and the UK exports 75% of what it produces, and generates almost £12bn in revenues.
Over a quarter of the value of Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner” comes from UK manufacturers. UK firms are at the forefront of industry’s quest to make civil aircraft ever more fuel efficient and have had significant involvement in the most prominent new civil aircraft of recent times. The wings for the Airbus A380 and the A350 XWB are designed and manufactured at Airbus UK’s world-leading Broughton facility, whilst over a quarter of the value of Boeing’s 787 “Dreamliner” comes from UK manufacturers including Eaton (fuel subsystem pumps), Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (the landing gear) and Rolls-Royce (the engines).
Other key names include GKN Aerospace – an expert in metallic and composite aerostructures that’s involved in almost every civil and military fixed and rotary wing aircraft in production and development today, and Bombardier – the world’s third largest airline manufacturer, which built the wings for its new C-Series aircraft at its Northern Ireland manufacturing facility.
The composite wings for the Airbus A350 are built at Broughton in North Wales. Prospects for the future look good. According to the Global Aerospace Outlook 2013, a recent report commissioned by industry trade body ADS Group, expected demand over the next 15 years for 27,000 new large civil airliners and 40,000 rotor aircraft could translate into UK orders worth £474bn.
ILA Berlin is the hub for the international aerospace industry. With over 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world, ILA Berlin showcases the industry’s very best in terms of high-tech products as well as research and development projects. More than 65,000 trade visitors and 115,000 members of the public attended the leading aerospace innovation fair in 2018 in Berlin, to experience this fascinating industry first hand, right in the heart of Europe.
What to talk about
Eco-efficiency and digitalization are currently shaping the discourse within the aerospace industry. ILA Berlin displayed pioneering innovations, components made of novel materials such as ultra-light fiber composites allow for significant weight decrease and, therefore, fuel savings. Hybrid-electric engines paired with alternative fuels are making aviation greener than ever. Thanks to digital technologies, innovative engines are able to recognize and report necessary maintenance and repair work in advance. These, as well as other pioneering aerospace developments can be seen at ILA Berlin, for example in the ILA Future Lab.
Autonomous flying air taxis could soon define the future of urban mobility and the industry is working hard on the required technologies. Drones have the power to unlock new possibilities for several sectors of the economy – from precision farming in agriculture, to maintenance of bridges and dams, to the delivery of medicines to remote areas or crisis regions. ILA Berlin is showcasing pioneering innovations and their vision for the future of mobility in the exhibition area UAS Innovation Hub (Unmanned Aerial Systems).
The presentation of space technology at ILA Berlin is unique. It is where agencies, scientists, established space companies and New Space start-ups cross borders and join forces to present innovations and developments for the good of mankind. Hardly any other industry relies so extensively on international cooperation as space.
For example, programs to secure access to space, space exploration or satellite communications and earth observations are primarily implemented collaboratively. ILA Berlin’s high calibre makes it the ideal platform for the international space community to further define joint projects and discuss future topics, from Big Data to Intelligent Mobility.
In the International Supplier Center ISC, more than 300 suppliers from all over the world gather to present their innovations in their very own hall – this is a unique experience where the largest supplier know-how in the world comes together in one place. The ISC also brings suppliers and buyers together, both individually and exclusively.
At ILA, hundreds of aircraft can be admired both on the ground and in the air – from large jets to cargo planes, helicopters and drone to military aircraft. In a unique flying display program, all the different aircrafts can show off their skills.
For non-professionals, the static display and air shows offer quite a few highlights. With more than 200 aircraft from historic to modern, the ILA presents significantly more aircraft than any other air show. The air displays show some of the latest aviation technology in action.
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