ATI’s Business Analyst Nikul Bhadasia and Strategy Intern Lukas Alemu round up the successful supplier event held recently.

The ATI held a joint E-Fan X Supplier event with Airbus at the AIRC (Aerospace Integration Research Centre) at Cranfield University on 17th July 2019. It was attended by approximately 120 people from over 80 different companies and academic institutions. It was a great opportunity for companies to learn more about the E-Fan X programme, discuss opportunities to work with Airbus and to network with others involved on the electrification journey.


Sarabpal Bhatia, E-Fan X R&T Co-ordinator

Sarabpal Bhatia, E-Fan X R&T Co-ordinator, Airbus, introduced the E-Fan X programme and an overview of the ATI’s funding support mechanisms was given by Tommy Edgar, ATI’s Strategic Portfolio Manager. Attendees were then able to network and engage in B2B discussions.

We created an interactive marketplace which covered four categories: Thermal Management & Cooling Installation, Batteries & Systems, Electrical Installation and Jigs & Tooling, which invited companies to discuss the challenges for electrification, potential solutions and reflect on where their capabilities fitted into the journey towards electrification.

ATI’s Head of Technology Mark Scully engaging with attendees at the marketplace

It was also an opportunity for attendees to engage with our team from the ATI regarding opportunities to get involved in the ATI Programme. After the event we were delighted to join the E-Fan X team for a tour around the demonstrator aircraft and hangar.

Projects like E-Fan X are pushing the boundaries of UK aerospace technology. Airbus’s hybridisation technology demonstrator is an important step forward in developing greener passenger aircraft, and it was great to see the excellent progress being made in the ATI-funded project. The ATI has a keen focus on sustainability-driven R&D – around 50% of our portfolio is in this area of technology development.

We are excited to see the future of hybrid aircraft being developed at Airbus and look forward to this and other projects in our portfolio advancing carbon-conscious aerospace development in the UK.