The Growth of Aviation in China and How the UK Can Benefit

Date: Thursday, 25th February 2016
Time: 17.00-18.00
Venue: Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons

Chaired by Richard Graham MP (APPCG Chair)

  • Jeegar Kakkad (Chief Economist & Director of Policy, ADS)
  • Mark Johnson (Managing Director, Aerospace Division, Sigma Components)
  • Richard Tams (Executive Vice President, Greater China, British Airways)
  • Jiang Sunan (Minister Counsellor for Science & Technology, Chinese Embassy)

The global aerospace market is experiencing significant growth – passenger demand is dramatically increasing and airports and airlines are expanding to meet this demand, much of which is being driven by the Chinese market.

The UK Aerospace sector specialises in developing, manufacturing and servicing some of the most complicated and high value elements of modern aircraft, and we have globally competitive capabilities that can help China meet its aviation and aerospace growth ambitions.

However, ensuring that the UK is well positioned to compete, win, and partner with China – even as China’s own economy slows and rebalances – requires us to understand the aviation challenges China faces, as well as the domestic industrial development policy which China has set out.

This discussion will look at how the UK can position itself to maximise the opportunity from China’s emerging urban hubs and its globally mobile middle classes, drawing in large part from the findings of ADS’ recent report: “The China Challenge, The growth of Aviation and how the UK can benefit”.