Aviation firm joins industry leading tech and research organisation

Airbus Factory, Filton

Aviation  manufacturer GKN Aerospace has joined the board of independent digital engineering research and technology organisation The Centre for Modelling and Simulation.

The announcement sees GKN Aerospace join Airbus and Rolls Royce as members of Bristol-based CFMS, driving forward the strategic development of the organisation.

The news follows a long-standing relationship between the two organisations built on a shared focus on advancing digital manufacturing.

Professor Sir Iain Gray, chair of CFMS, said: “We’ve been working with GKN Aerospace for a number of years to accelerate the development of aircraft manufacturing technologies and the next generation of low-carbon flight. Welcoming GKN to the board of CFMS is a natural evolution of our relationship, underpinning our commitment to aerospace, but also bringing together industry-leading digital engineering expertise which is being transferred to a growing portfolio of diverse, high-value sectors – including energy, infrastructure, space and transport.”

Max Brown, vice president technology at GKN Aerospace, added: “CFMS has been a key digital partner to GKN Aerospace for several years and we are delighted to step up our engagement and help steer the future of the organisation. It is vital that we enhance the UK’s digital engineering skills, and CFMS’s expertise in advanced simulation, robotics and autonomous systems, plus access to its unrivalled compute power, mean it is at the forefront of this essential work.”

The announcement follows recent investment secured by CFMS from the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology to develop a unique and highly adaptive High Performance Computer system; as well as funding from the UK Space Agency’s Space Cluster Infrastructure Fund for a pioneering pilot data centre capability for next generation space engineering, robotics, simulation and AI.