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Airbus Group (www.airbus-group.com) is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2013, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters - generated revenues of £50.3 billion (XRT €1.18) and employed a workforce of around 144,000. This includes a 17,000-strong British workforce and a UK turnover of close to £2.5 billion, making the Group a major contributor to the UK economy.
The Group builds on a proud 100-year British heritage united under a common brand. Airbus designs and builds its aircraft wings in the UK. Airbus Defence and Space is the UK’s largest space company; the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the RAF and a world-leader in cyber security. As Britain’s civil helicopter hub, Airbus Helicopters holds 55% of the UK’s offshore oil and gas helicopter market and is a key supplier to the Ministry of Defence.
Airbus Group’s 450 apprentices, collaborations with more than 20 British universities and annual spend of £500M in UK R&D make it a champion of UK innovation and skills.
Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organised into seven business divisions, (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. With headquarters in Italy and over 47,000 employees, the company has a consolidated industrial presence in four main markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland), and an important network of strategic partnerships in the main high potential markets worldwide.
With revenues in the UK of £2.3bn, including £1.3bn of exports, Leonardo makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, employing 7,400 highly skilled personnel across the country. The company’s leading position in the UK as a world-class advanced engineering company is built on its sustained investment in research and technology and world-class facilities, and the expertise of several thousand researchers and engineers. Leonardo invests around £200m in R&D in the UK and continues to sustain and invest in a substantial UK supply network of around 2,300 companies. The company’s competitive edge lies in the quality of its individual centres of excellence and their core technical expertise, combined with the collective ability to develop and deliver integrated systems and solutions.