Share knowledge and information
We share knowledge in order to improve the market and business support opportunities of members. This is achieved through such activities as:
- seminars, workshops and networking with customer companies - for more on our events click here
- maintaining in-depth databases on the capabilities of member companies - for the MAA member directory click here
- supporting trade missions to overseas markets run by UK Trade and Investment
- distributing our Midlands Aerospace magazine to more than 3,000 readers - to read a copy click here
- disseminating information and opportunities through a regular e-letter - to subscribe click here.
Deliver support programmes to members
We run targeted and effective business support programmes to directly improve the performance of our individual members. This is currently achieved through such activities as:
Lead coordination of shared strategy
We coordinate the overall Midlands aerospace cluster strategy through pro-active partnering among our members and between private and public sectors. This is achieved by representing all members of the Midlands aerospace community in dialogue and strategy development, so we can all maximise the effectiveness of the business resources available to companies in the Midlands. In addition, we ensure that the Midlands voice is fully represented in the formation of national aerospace strategies and programmes through our formal partnership with the national aerospace and defence body ADS and through meetings with government departments and ministers.
What they say about the MAA
Why the big customers belong
We have been provided with support and assistance to enable us to interface with other Midlands based aerospace companies. We have been working closely within the supply chain to develop the relationships and performance measurement. The MAA have assisted and facilitated us to be able to communicate with lots of Midlands-based companies and we have seen ‘real’ supply chain improvements. The programmes/ events that the MAA run and are not only informative but allow for networking with a wide range of business units, which is just as valuable.
Rolls-Royce (Controls and Data Services)
Why the suppliers belong
We find the meetings very useful for networking with existing and potential customers and benefited by MAA’s presence at the Paris Air Show.
Abbey Metal Finishing
The MAA provides opportunities for members to present case studies to fellow suppliers at meetings.
In our experience, MAA has been most helpful by way of the seminars we attended and it has given us the benefit of networking for new potential customers. To date, we have found all the seminars informative, constructive and well presented, none of which could have been achieved without joining MAA.
If a company wants to be a player in the aerospace business, it needs to maintain the visibility of its name in the global aerospace community – and the MAA is an excellent way to do this.
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres
The main benefit of membership is that it gives us opportunities to promote ourselves to the industry in the Midlands and, to a certain extent, to the UK industry.
Over the years we have increased our turnover by 30% and added some 25 new jobs. This has been achieved through a combination of increased sales to existing customers and introducing new ones. The MAA has been beneficial in assisting our trading efforts to achieve this growth.
Membership of the MAA has been instrumental in helping us improve our knowledge of, and participation in, the aerospace industry.
Fuchs Lubricants (UK)
The MAA has supported us with supply chain improvement projects, resulting in cost savings, waste elimination and increased turnover & profitability. It helped us create job opportunities for three new employees.