Aerospace is UK’s second fastest growing export sector

Flying the flag for Britain’s fast growing aerospace industry

New research, commissioned by Wyelands Bank, reveals the aerospace industry is the UK’s second fastest growing export sector.  Exports are expected to grow at 3.7 per cent a year to 2021, only behind food and beverage exports but ahead of the precious metals, automotive and pharmaceuticals sectors respectively.

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ANA Honored Again With Two Prestigious SKYTRAX Category Awards


London, July 17, 2018 – All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for six consecutive years, today won “Best Airline Staff in Asia” and “World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness” at the SKYTRAX World Airline Awards, in a special ceremony at The Langham, London.


The awards, hosted by London-based airline industry rating company SKYTRAX, are determined by the results of a worldwide passenger survey. This is the fourth consecutive year that ANA has earned “Best Airline Staff in Asia” since 2015, having won the award five times altogether. It is also the second time since 2013 that ANA has been awarded “World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness,” reflecting the airline’s commitment to ensuring a quality experience to its passengers.


Yuji Hirako, President and CEO of ANA, commented on the awards: “We are honored that SKYTRAX have once again recognized our commitment to deliver world-class service to our passengers. As a global leading airline, ANA continues to provide our passengers with the best hospitality from the moment they check in until they leave the airport at their destination.


‘Omotenashi’ (Japanese hospitality) is embedded in our staff’s DNA. These awards would not be possible without our dedicated team members on the ground and on board. Thank you to our customers for recognizing these efforts and continuing to make ANA Japan’s leading airline.”



For the “Best Airlines Staff in Asia” award, SKYTRAX recognized the efforts of ANA airport staff and cabin crew to continually improve the quality of service. SKYTRAX was impressed and commended ANA employees on their hard work and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure they exceeded services of other airlines. Among the measures ANA staff have taken to improve their service are:


  • Conducting Skill Contests amongst teams in order to sustain premium service skills
  • Flight attendants share the characteristics of the routes they serve with each other, to enhance the inflight service for passengers


“The World’s Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness” award is presented to a given airline based on passengers assessing the standards of seat areas, tables, carpets, cabin panels and aircraft restrooms. ANA carried out a number of activities to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness throughout its aircraft, including:


  • Creating a 10 scale evaluation checklist to be completed before every flight
  • Creating a cleaning manual with images so the staff can easily communicate with each other the quality that ANA wishes to uphold, encouraging staff to clean with a passengers perspective in mind


Commenting on the Awards, Edward Plaisted, CEO of SKYTRAX said: “ANA has been a very consistent performer in the World Airline Awards in recent years and this is demonstrated with these two top accolades. Asia is one of the most competitive global regions for service quality, and to win the Best Airline Staff Service award should be a source of great pride for the airline. No airline can overlook the importance of inflight cabin cleanliness and the impact this has on the customer travel experience. It is great testimony of ANA cabin cleanliness and cabin maintenance checks that they been voted by passengers as the World’s Cleanest Airline.”

Frost & Sullivan: EV Manufacturers’ Demand for Lightweighting Creating Growth Opportunities for Material Manufacturers

Advances in battery development are aimed at enhancing energy density, lifetime, and recyclability, finds Frost & Sullivan

Santa Clara, Calif. – July 18, 2018 – Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Material Technologies Shaping the Future of Electric Vehicles (EV), discusses the material technologies used in EVs by analyzing recent global and regional trends. Electric vehicle manufacturers are looking at materials as a lever of growth for EV adoption. Specifically, these manufacturers are embracing lightweighting of the core machinery required to keep the vehicle running. Both battery manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are adopting direct and indirect lightweighting strategies that will help achieve smaller, lighter, and more powerful electric drive mechanisms. Materials manufacturers should take advantage of the growing demand for materials with specific properties that aid lightweighting while ensuring durability and safety.

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Gardner Aerospace to open Chengdu factory, announces over $70m in contracts and adds global manufacturing capacity

Farnborough International Airshow, 17 July 2018: Gardner Aerospace, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of aerospace detailed parts and sub-assemblies (FIA: Hall 1, Stand 1285), is on track to complete the build of a vast new 480,000-sq-ft manufacturing site in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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SafeAvio Steps forward for Implementation

Following the research and development and a series of flight tests 
on the SafeAvio project in the fiscal years through March 2016, 
this year, JAXA in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric 
Corporation, conducted flight tests of the technology on 
ecoDemonstrator 2018, Boeing's flight test program. On SafeAvio, 
JAXA took up the development of the technology that could provide 
commercial airplane pilots with weather information ahead of time 
and help them better detect and avoid weather disturbances. 
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, JAXA's partner built the system. 
The flight demonstration tests brought JAXA and Mitsubishi Electric 
Corporation evaluations by Boeing of the technological feasibility 
and problems regarding installation and the subsequent tuning and 

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Launch of innovative indoor avionics testing solution

Global Invacom Group Limited

(“Global Invacom” or the “Company”)


Launch of new Hangar Repeater Solution


Enables indoor avionics testing of Inmarsat, Iridium and GPS Satellite signals


Singapore/London, 12 July 2018 – Global Invacom (SGX: QS9, AIM: GINV), the global provider of satellite communications equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative solution enabling aircraft ground engineers to undertake 24/7 avionics testing of Inmarsat, Iridium and GPS satellite signals indoors.


The Hangar Repeater Solution (‘the Solution’), developed in-house by Foxcom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Invacom, enables engineers involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft to undertake testing 24/7 regardless of the weather and without having to move aircraft in and out of a hangar, as is the current practice.


Inmarsat and Iridium satellite equipment has been generally limited to outdoor use, as building structures block satellite signals. However, Foxcom’s unique repeater technology enables communication inside buildings or underground without the need for a direct line of sight to the sky. Furthermore, existing Foxcom repeaters can be easily upgraded to add Inmarsat compatibility.


The Solution therefore greatly reduces aircraft-on-ground time, man-hours and overall maintenance costs, thereby providing a rapid return on investment for customers. This latest solution builds upon the successful range of repeaters first launched by Foxcom in 2013.


Beyond the aviation sector, GPS, Inmarsat and Iridium repeaters can be deployed across a range of locations and industries, such as underground civil defence and military bunkers, oil rigs and ships, and large buildings.


Tony Taylor, Executive Chairman of Global Invacom, commented:


“We’re delighted to announce the launch of this unique testing solution, which is an excellent example of our ongoing commitment, innovation and investment.


“As a business, we are always looking to provide our partners with industry leading devices that both simplify the running of their business but more importantly save them time and money — something that the Hangar Repeater Solution clearly does.”





About Global Invacom Group Limited


Global Invacom is a fully integrated satellite equipment provider with six manufacturing plants across China, Israel, Malaysia, U.K. and the U.S. Its customers include satellite broadcasters such as BSkyB of the U.K. and Dish Network of the U.S.A.


Global Invacom provides a full range of antennas, LNB receivers, fibre distribution equipment, transmitters, switches and video distribution components and electronics manufacturing services in satellite communications as well as manufacturing services in military, medical, and consumer electronics industries. Following the acquisition in 2015 of Global Skyware, a leading US-based designer and supplier of satellite antennas products and services, the Company became the world’s only full-service outdoor unit supplier.


Global Invacom is listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited and its shares are admitted to trading on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.


Established in 1993, Foxcom specialises in radio frequency over fibre equipment. It is a top supplier to satellite operators, broadcasters and integrators worldwide, with products that offer high performance, bandwidth and reliability. For more information, visit:



(“Global Invacom” or the “Company”)

 Launch of new Hangar Repeater Solution

 Enables indoor avionics testing of Inmarsat, Iridium and GPS Satellite signals

 Singapore/London, 12 July 2018 – Global Invacom (SGX: QS9, AIM: GINV), the global provider of satellite communications equipment, is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative solution enabling aircraft ground engineers to undertake 24/7 avionics testing of Inmarsat, Iridium and GPS satellite signals indoors.

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Lockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems Join Forces to Provide the NATO Alliance with Battlespace Intelligence System

NATO countries soon to be protected by the development of an advanced territorial Ballistic Missile Defence to protect The Alliance’s European populations and territories

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and ThalesRaytheonSystems are joining forces to provide the NATO Alliance with a territorial Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control capability.  This Teaming Agreement, signed in the presence of Raytheon and Thales, the two shareholders of the joint venture, establishes a transatlantic team that combines the depth and breadth of decades of expertise from Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, with the European air command and control capabilities of Thales.  The overall team will include industry representatives from across the Alliance to deliver a low risk capability for NATO’s Air Command and Control BMD program.

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