ON MORE THAN A WING AND A PRAYER by ProQuest

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This year's Farnborough International Airshow marked a major milestone for a unique supply chain development program, which is on course to establish the UK's first aerospace "super cluster" of world competitive companies. A crucial factor in the success of such a program was the support of the Primes for the initiative. Fortunately, all three major Primes operating in the North West -- Airbus, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce plc -- immediately saw the benefits that could be derived from helping to drive the initiative along, and each pledged complete support because they saw that the framework had the "right DNA" to fit in with their own requirements and, most of all, to succeed in its aims. However, longer term, the Alliance sees the progression towards an aerospace 'super cluster' as the priority for retaining and sustaining the sector, which is a key driver of the regional economy and a major contributor to UK exports, with some 75% of total output going overseas.

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