Aerospace 4.0 Group

Special interest group

About the AEROSPACE 4.0 group

Industry 4.0, Digital Factory and Smart Manufacturing are hot topics in the manufacturing industry. Our brief in Aerospace 4.0 is to create a collaborative ecosystem across the UK Aerospace sector and to help you, our members, exploit digital technologies. Our goal is to improve our competitive advantage right across the UK Aerospace sector.

Outside of member communications, and networking events, the group will begin delivering outputs in the shape of publications and information sessions for members:

WS 1 | State of the Industry is led by David Rawlins from the WAE who launched the Industry 4.0 publication at FIA 2022. Follow this link to download a copy

WS 2 |Cybersecurity is led by Charles Hughes, IT & Cybersecurity manager at Hyde Industrial Group. Over the course of 2023 we will be helping ADS member companies understand the basic checklists to secure their shop-floors and operations as we move to more Digital working and IoT.

WS 3 | Events and BD Engagement is led by our Chair, Nigel Thomas from IBM, and closely supported by Reuben, to ensure our group has awareness and presence of the key events in our sector. Members will continuosly receive updates on events and BD opportunities as part of our regular comms.

WS 4 | Case Studies and Financial Resources is led by Graham Upton of Capgemini Engineering, supported by Steven Wood from the Digital Catapult, and will build up a list of practical resources for Aero 4.0 projects in our sector.


Contact Reuben Gomez by emailing:

Steering Group Members

Group strategy and acitivty is directed by a steering group of industry leaders. Their diverse range of knowledge and skills collectively support the aims of education and transformation. You can find out more about them in their videos below.


Aerospace 4.0 – Terms of Reference

In the pursuit of productivity, eifficency, and competitiveness gains; the aerospace industry is keen to adopt digital capabilities.

The challenge, however, is around adoption – particularly at the supply chain level. Technology has a key role to play, but digitalisation is not a technology challenge. Moreover, digitalisation needs not be disruptive, transformational or costly, but equally, companies who do not adapt to this change, risk being outcompeted by those that do. Our Mission is to educate, facilitate and foster the Aerospace Sector in adopting these digital technologies.


  1. To create an Aerospace Industry which understands the emerging fast-changing Digital Technology landscape, to be able to exploit these for competitive advantage.
  2. To create an Aerospace Industry which has an appropriate level of awareness of the security challenges surrounding emerging digital technologies.
  3. To create a Collaborative Ecosystem to take advantage of A. and B.




Key roles

Reuben Gomez

Group Facilitator

Nigel Thomas


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