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06 Jan 09. Boeing Defence UK Ltd., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced the establishment of a new operation to focus on Boeing’s rotorcraft support business in the United Kingdom. The new organisation, Boeing UK Rotorcraft Support, is part of the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems business unit. Boeing’s UK portfolio of rotorcraft support activities includes the Chinook Through Life Customer Support programme, which received the Chief of Defence Materiel Commendation award in November 2008, and the Apache Integrated Operational Support programme. Leading the new organisation is Managing Director David Pitchforth. He is responsible for further developing Boeing’s rotorcraft support business in the United Kingdom while working directly with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), local industry partners and the company’s UK and U.S. rotorcraft teams. “Creating this new operation underscores Boeing’s commitment to our customers, industry partners and employees in the UK,” said Peri Widener, executive for Boeing’s global rotorcraft support team. “David has the local knowledge, customer relationships and leadership qualities necessary to make Boeing an agile onshore partner to the Ministry of Defence and to work effectively with local industry.” In December 2007, Boeing announced the formation of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. to consolidate Boeing’s defence activities in the United Kingdom and to meet the criteria set forth in the Defence Industrial Strategy.

Jan 09. GKN Aerospace commences operations at Filton, UK. Following European Regulatory approval GKN Aerospace announces it will take ownership and operational control of the former Airbus UK, Filton wing component and assemblies manufacturing facility at midday today. As ‘GKN Aerospace – Filton’ opens for business, GKN Aerospace Chief Executive, Marcus Bryson comments: “This is a landmark day for our worldwide business, for the regional aerospace cluster around Bristol and the UK aerospace sector, and for the 1500 people joining us today. This is just the first day in our long term plan to grow the Filton operation and the capabilities of our team here to create a global centre of excellence for wing structures serving our international customer base.”

07 Jan 09. EADS has opened an office at the National Research Council Canada’s (NRC) site to further strengthen its commitment to aerospace research and technology development (R&TD) in Canada; as unveiled on December 4, 2009. Opening an office within the NRC’s Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC-IAR)
facility in Montreal is another important step in establishing a long-term
closer working relationship between NRC and EADS. It will allow EADS and NRC to
share expertise and resources in the research and technology field and
ultimately help to underpin more hi-tech jobs in Quebec and Canada. (Source: Google)


08 Jan 09. Dell, the US computer company is moving its European and Middle East manufacturing operations from Ireland to Poland, shedding 1,900 jobs at an assembly plant in Limerick, as part of global efforts to reduce costs and improve profitability. The company, which accounts for approximately 5 per cent of Irish GDP, says it expects the reduction to be complete by January next year with workers beginning to leave the plant in April. (Source: FT.com)

06 Jan 09. Alcoa, the US aluminium group, said on Tuesday that it would cut 13,500 jobs, or 13 per cent of its workforce, and curb production to reduce costs in the face of the economic downturn. The worldwide cuts will be completed by the end of 2009. An extra 1,700 contract employees will be fired and the company has introduced a salary and hiring freeze.

08 Jan 09. Asia job cuts amid economy woes. Moves by two large Asian technology firms to cut staff have reignited fears about the difficult economic challenges amid slumping consumer spending. Electronic components maker TDK

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