North Company Helps Airbus Make Headlines

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Standing at 240ft long with twin decks and 555 seats, the Airbus A380 has been hailed as a 21st Century jetliner and is making news across the globe.

As it landed at London's Heathrow Airport for the first time last week, Chancellor Gordon Brown described it as "a big triumph for British manufacturing, British technology, British science".

One North-East company is working with Airbus partners to finalise approvals for its world-beating technology to ensure its custom micro-electronic assemblies will play a vital role in ensuring the reliability and safety of the aircraft's complex electronics.

And with more than 159 orders already placed for the A380, Welwyn Components Ltd, of Bedlington, Northumberland, is set to play a major role in aviation history.The company has been at the forefront of electronic component manufacture in the UK for more than 70 years and exports to more than 40 countries.

It has also secured a contract to supply hybrid electronic components used in the construction of the latest edition to the Boeing family, the 787 Dreamliner ( a medium-sized, super efficient airplane.

In addition to its highly successful aerospace market, Welwyn Components is continuously investing in research and development to produce world class leading edge electronics technology for the defence sector, including the European Fighter programme, the best-selling new generation swing-role combat aircraft. …