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Local Engineering Firm director joins Midlands Aerospace Alliance board

Birmngham-based engineering company, adi Group, has boosted its reputation as a leading solutions expert in the aerospace industry, with the election of James Sopwith to the Board of Directors of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance (MAA).

James Sopwith, group marketing and strategic account director of adi Group, brings a host of knowledge to the MAA, gained from over 25 years of experience in the engineering sector, including working on landmark projects for some of the world’s biggest aerospace companies.

The Group aims to give an extensive insight into the process engineering supply chain to help bring a level of diversity in support delivered to the aerospace manufacturing sector. Off the back of this, the Group’s objective is to promote and encourage sustainable, organic growth business models to MAA members.

James Sopwith comments: “I’m delighted to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the MAA. adi Group has extensive experience across a wide variety of sectors including long-standing business partnerships within the aerospace industry. I plan to use this cross-sector knowledge and apply it to MAA member companies to boost productivity, skills and innovation.”

Formed in 2003, the MAA supports and represents the aerospace industry across the Midlands region and, aside from France’s Aerospace Valley, currently has more member organisations than any regional aerospace alliance in the world. With its offices in Coventry, the MAA works closely with ADS, the national representative body for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.

Dr Andrew Mair, the MAA’s Chief Executive, added: “Directors are appointed to ensure that a variety of expert perspectives from across the Midlands aerospace cluster are brought to bear on board decision-making. We believe James and adi Group as a whole can bring real value to our organisation, and the Board of Directors looks forward to benefitting from James’s extensive experience and leadership.”

Founded as a single business offering in 1990, adi Group has quadrupled in size since 2005, and today boasts a turnover of £80milion and over 500 employees. Furthermore, with skills shortages heavily affecting UK engineering, and the aerospace industry especially1, initiatives such as adi’s pre-apprenticeship scheme are vital in inspiring the workforce of tomorrow.

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