Bilateral Relationships

International engagement is a key part of the UK aerospace technology strategy. By collaborating with organisations from different countries, the UK aerospace sector is provided with unique opportunities to boost the competitiveness of the UK’s aerospace industry.

International collaboration provides opportunities to:

  • Plug gaps in UK capability by gaining access to partners with skills and experience not readily vailable in the UK
  • Strengthen relationships with major overseas companies to position themselves for future opportunities
  • Bolster existing capability through the exchange of knowledge and information
  • Gain access to facilities and infrastructure that they are not able to access in the UK
  • Encourage greater levels of inward investment by giving organisations overseas a greater level of trust and confidence in the UK economy

The same opportunities exist for our international colleagues and we are keen to work with the aerospace sectors of different countries where there is a mutual benefit in doing so.


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The ATI has being working hard to foster ties and develop strong relationships with representative organisations of the Candaian aerospace sector, paving the way for future strategic bilateral work to take place. Over the last 18 months, the ATI has attended and spoken at events organised by the Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) and ATI representatives have delivered a number of keynotes and lectures at the Aerospace Innovation Forum.

UK-Canada roundtable at Farnborough Airshow, July 2016

As a result of developing strong ties with Canada, the ATI – in partnership with CARIC and CRIAQ – recently convened a joint UK – Canada Bilateral Meeting which took place during the Farnborough Airshow. The roundtable provided an opportunity for participants from both countries to discuss potential areas for collaboration on a range of issues such as the opportunities provided by advances in digital technology, the use of UAVs, structures and materials and more efficient propulsive technologies.

Get involved/find out more

If you would like to find out more about UK-Canada ties (including receiving a briefing of the most recent UK-Canada bilateral meeting) please email


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The UK aerospace sector has a flourishing relationship with aerospace companies and academia in Sweden and the ATI is working with Innovair, to strengthen ties.
A bottom-up approach has taken place to date, with the ATI holding a number of bilateral roundtable meetings as well as a series of meetings with individual companies and representatives of the Swedish Government.

Underpinning UK-Sweden ties is a track record of existing collaboration. The UK and Sweden have been involved with projects associated with evaluation of complex products and projects exploring more cost efficient assembly of composite structural parts, enabling higher rates of production. Meetings that have taken place between UK and Swedish organisations have revealed a desire for further collaboration in a number of diverse areas.

Get involved/find out more

If you would like to be added to the ATI’s stakeholder group associated with UK-Sweden collaboration and/or find out more about UK-Sweden collaboration, please contact