Midlands Aerospace Alliance
Origins of the MAA
The Midlands Aerospace Alliance was formed in 2003 to support and represent the aerospace industry across the Midlands region. The founding steering group members were
- Advantage West Midlands (now closed)
- Dunlop (now Meggitt)
- East Midlands Development Agency (now closed)
- Goodrich (now split between Rolls-Royce (Control Systems) and Collins Aerospace)
We became a Company Limited by Guarantee (non-profit limited company) in 2005 and invited Midlands aerospace companies to join as formal members. Later that year we held our first elections to broaden board representation.
In 2009 the MAA moved from Pera in Leicestershire to its current offices in Coventry.
The MAA works closely with the UK’s other regional aerospace alliances and the national body ADS, as well as with other European and world-wide aerospace clusters.
Membership is open to all companies and organisations that are part of the aerospace industry or desire to become part of the industry. Associate membership is available to companies outside the Midlands region.
Some facts about MAA members
- The MAA currently has 300+ members.
- 60% of members make “flying parts,” 40% make equipment for design, testing, manufacturing or provide specialist services.
- More than 50 people serve on the MAA board or one of our three working groups — a number maintained since 2004. This network lies at the heart of the MAA’s achievements.
- The MAA has more member organisations than any regional aerospace alliance in the world — bar two in France: Aerospace Valley (which runs from Toulouse to Bordeaux) and Aerospace Cluster Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (around Lyon). We would like to think this is quite a good position, considering that we don’t actually make any aircraft in the Midlands.