Airbus is expanding its UK footprint with the launch of a new base in Derby. The company has taken two facilities totalling 1,500ft 2 at Connect Derby’s iHub innovation centre, the flagship building on Infinity Park.
Airbus spends more than £5 billion every year with UK suppliers. Its UK supply chain comprises of more than 4,000 companies, ranging from large primes such as Rolls-Royce and GKN to hundreds of SMEs.
The strategic location of the iHub, close to the world headquarters of Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace in Derby, and the facilities available there will enable Airbus to expand the work of its Procurement Operations Propulsion (POPR) team.
The Derby team will be working with all the current Rolls-Royce engine programmes, including the XWB-84/97 for the A350-900/-1000, T700 for the A330ceo, T900 for the A380 and T7000 for the A330neo.
The iHub, which has Enterprise Zone status, provides quality, flexible workspace for businesses looking to develop their role in the transport engineering and hi-tech sectors. As well as 18 traditional office workspaces, it features 14 ground floor workshops for businesses seeking a more hybrid working environment.
Speaking of their decision to setup a base at the iHub, Dimitrios Paschos, Head of Airbus Office Derby, said: “We chose the iHub because of its high construction and both its safety and security standards, as well its proximity to the main Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby. The quality of accommodation here is first class and we look forward to working alongside the Connect Derby team in the coming months.”
Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for regeneration and the economy, added: “The arrival of Airbus is a massive coup for the iHub, and just the right kind of tenant for the building. It is yet another example of a developing business taking advantage of the unique opportunity to relocate to accommodation in a hi-tech, manufacturing focused innovation technology park.
“The iHub continues to exceed its targets, both in terms of revenues and the calibre of tenants, which demonstrates that the building is exactly what the Derby economy needs. I am extremely proud of the confidence shown by the Council’s Labour administration to support the development of the iHub and Connect Derby. I hope the team enjoy their new space and wish them well in Derby.”
Ann Bhatti, Head of Connect Derby, added: “It’s gratifying to know that businesses from across the planes, trains and automobile sector are continuing to show commitment to the iHub and I would like to wish Dimitrios and his team the best of luck in their new home.”