West Midlands Regional Minister Ian Austin today visited Goodrich Corporation’s Actuation Systems facility in Wolverhampton to review the status of Goodrich’s investment in a new plant to support the production ramp-up for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.
Goodrich were awarded a £1.9million grant from Advantage West Midlands, one of the largest the Agency has awarded to date. The funds have been used to upgrade the facility and equipment at Stafford Road and support the high tech advanced manufacturing work required for the F-35. The Minister viewed the production areas and talked to managers and members of the 700 strong workforce.
The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th generation stealth fighter and the facility manufactures the weapons bay door drive system that allows weapons to held in the aircraft’s internal bay while maintaining the F-35’s stealthy signature. The plant is also involved in the production of landing gear, the air data system, engine and fuel quantity sensors, and unique short take off and vertical landing engine and airframe components.
Ian Austin said, “The Black Country has a fine tradition of engineering excellence and expertise in the aerospace industry and so it’s only natural that Wolverhampton plays a key role in the production of the F-35.”
“I am also delighted that Advantage West Midlands are supporting Goodrich to help them prosper in the region and boosting the very manufacturing skills that we are rightly famous for. These are just the kinds of high tech, high skilled jobs that we want to see more of in the region.”