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1 December, 2016 - 11:31 By Kate Sweeney

Marshall ADG and Cranfield University form new aerospace alliance

Paul Hutton with Steve Fitz-Gerald

Two of the UK’s most powerful players in aerospace and aviation engineering  have joined forces to explore fresh frontiers of innovation.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has signed an MoU with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, owned by Cranfield University, for the multi-faceted partnership.

The MoU covers collaboration in various aspects of aerospace and aviation engineering, including concept, design, IP, conversion, modification, manufacture, test, operation, installation, certification maintenance, support and training.

The alliance also encourages the establishment of joint working groups to examine and define proposal for joint programmes in areas identified by both businesses.

Steve Fitz-Gerald, CEO of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, said: “Innovation is in the life-blood of our business and we are committed to continue developing and delivering our strategy of growth with key partners.

“Today Marshall supports over 10 air forces, governments, major OEMs, airlines and operators around the world. We have the second biggest design house in the UK and have just celebrated the award of our second Queen's Award in three years for International Trade.

“We are looking forward to increasing our footprint globally and working collaboratively with Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to deliver for our customers.”

Paul Hutton, CEO of Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, added “There are clear synergies and opportunities that we can add value to; our combined capabilities and engineering experience is proven.

“Marshall has a proud heritage with a strong focus on the future and Cranfield Aerospace Solutions has an unrivalled reputation for innovating in the most challenging aerospace projects. 

“We are excited about the opportunities ahead and I believe that our complementary capabilities will make a compelling prospect.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Paul Hutton (left) with Steve Fitz-Gerald

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