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METI Holds the First Meeting of U.K.-Japan Aviation Working Group

July 20, 2018

On July 19, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), United Kingdom, held the first meeting of the U.K.-Japan Aviation Working Group. The working group was established based on the results of a Japan-U.K. Industrial Policy Dialogue held in December 2017, aiming to enrich and develop Japan-U.K. cooperation in the aviation industry.

1. Outline of the working group

In response to the agreement reached at the Japan-U.K. summit meeting in August 2017, METI and BEIS held a Japan-U.K. Industrial Policy Dialogue in December 2017. At the dialogue, both sides agreed on the establishment of an aviation working group.

At the first meeting of the working group, stakeholders in industry, academia and government sectors from both countries were brought together and they exchanged views concerning the creation of new cooperation projects, the continuation of ongoing cooperation projects and the identification of fields in which both countries are able to cooperate.

2. Outline of the minutes of the working group (see the Appendix)

Based on the views exchanged at the first meeting of the working group, METI and BEIS identified the following six fields as potential fields for cooperation, and the countries agreed that they will continue to hold discussions regarding these fields.

  1. Cooperation in research and development of advanced materials for aero engine applications
  2. Exchange of information on cooperation on Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies
  3. Exchange of information on cooperation on digitization of design and manufacturing processes
  4. Cooperation in Japan-U.K. aero engine companies on maintenance and repair technology involving engines
  5. Continuation of cooperative projects involving heat exchange and landing gear systems
  6. Cooperation in establishment of supply chains in Asia

Appendix

Division in Charge

Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau