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Built in the Black Country... flown into space

There are five weeks to go until Advanced Engineering UK 2013 at the NEC. At the event, Invest Black Country and Business Birmingham will be partnering with Moog Aircraft Group to promote the Black Country as an excellent place for aerospace firms to do business. 

On Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 November 2013, Advanced Engineering UK is returning to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. This is a group of five engineering events under one roof, where more than 600 specialist exhibitors and over 200 speakers will share best practice, technologies and insights into the world of advanced engineering. 

To highlight inward investment opportunities to the Black Country, Invest Black Country and Business Birmingham are taking exhibition space at the event. They will showcase the region’s skilled supply chain, ideal central location and high-tech facilities for establishing or growing a business. 


At their pavilion (on stand G121 in Hall 5) they will be joined by blue-chip aerospace firm Moog Aircraft Group, highlighting the dynamism of the region’s supply chain – particularly for aerospace firms. 

Moog, which designs and manufactures products that include control systems for aircraft cockpits, has invested heavily in the Black Country recently. In 2012, Moog chose an 11-acre site within the Black Country’s Enterprise Zone to establish a purpose-built 205,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. 

Wayne Langford, Head of Investment at Invest Black Country, said, "Having a world-leading aerospace firm co-located on our stand is big. It represents the significant business investment being ploughed into our region. It sends out the message that we are ready and able to take in internationally successful engineering firms and to help them to flourish.” 

Invest Black Country has the strapline: ‘Built in the Black Country – sold around the world’. 

"Our strapline speaks the truth – and in Moog’s case, it could be ‘Built in the Black Country – flown around the world - and into space!’” said Mr Langford. "It’s amazing to think of the advanced research, design, engineering and manufacturing that go on in our region. This was the birthplace of the industrial revolution and, more than two hundred years later, we’re still in the vanguard of engineering brilliance. 

"With our up-to-the-minute facilities, convenient location at the heart of England, and our dynamic supply chain, it’s time to show the national and international visitors to Advanced Engineering UK this year that the Black Country is open and ready for business.”

You can sign up for a free visitor pass to Advanced Engineering UK 2013 at

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