First joint aerospace sector trade mission visits Poland

First joint aerospace sector trade mission visits Poland

The firms undertook a series of visits to local factories, potential partners and held meetings with buyers and distributors with a view to exporting to Poland or establishing in Poland and capitalising on the UK’s strong trading relationship with the country.

The trade mission was run in partnership with Bank Zachodni WBK (part of Santander Group), Aviation Valley Association (Poland’s largest aerospace cluster association) and Altios International (the global advisory firm) in Poland.

The companies that attended the trip were Coaching for Change Ltd., ATA Group, Pattonair Poland, CG Tech Ltd., Enventive Engineering, Ronaldsway Aircraft Company Ltd., Therser (UK) Ltd., VBC Group, Wallwork Heat Treatment Ltd, MetLase Ltd and Poeton Industries Ltd.

Part of Santander UK’s regular series of international trade missions across a range of UK sectors, the initiative is aimed at helping businesses enter new overseas markets and capitalise on trade and investment opportunities.

While in Poland the firms visited four factories: Pratt and Whitney Rzeszow, Bodycote Polska Aerospace Defence and Energy, Aero Gearbox International, and Poeton Polska.

Poland was chosen as the destination for the aerospace trade mission due to its growing aerospace industry and over 100-year history in the sector.

Rzeszow has the largest aerospace cluster within Poland and the Polish aerospace industry has over 200 companies producing in excess of €1.3 billion in annual revenues.

As well as being able to support businesses locally through a network of Corporate Business Centres and specialists in the UK, Santander has a strong international presence thanks to its extensive global network in 10 major markets and more than 12,000 branches worldwide and a network of international alliance partners.

Barrie Kilfeather, international & working capital director Santander Corporate & Commercial said: “Santander is delighted to have worked with the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to support these 11 businesses as they target international expansion.

“Working alongside our colleagues at Bank Zachodni WBK, the trade mission has provided us with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our in-country capabilities in Poland and help connect UK business with Aerospace industry.

“Santander’s deep local, and broad global footprint provides unparalleled market knowledge that we deploy on these trade missions, ensuring customers are best-equipped with the country-specific and financial “know-how” that they need.

“The Trade Mission demonstrated to our delegation the very modern and up-to-date facilities that exist in Poland; and the highly trained and educated workforce, as a result of an education system that is aligned to the needs of the manufacturing sector.”

Andrew Mair, chief executive, Midlands Aerospace Alliance said: “Working closely with Santander and Aviation Valley our delegation was able to see first-hand - and meet the key people behind - the tremendous investments currently being made in the aerospace industry in south eastern Poland to make the region a rapidly growing global centre of excellence for engine gearboxes, auxiliary power units (APUs) and much else besides.”

Santander arranges trade missions to help SMEs export around the world. Previous trade missions have covered Mexico, China, Chile, Argentina, the US, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

Published: 30 April 2018

Article by Chris Middleton
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