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Progressive Technology Newbury prepares for Aerospace take-off post-Covid

Newbury-based engineering company Progressive Technology Group has re-joined Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) as the sector readies itself for a re-launch post-Covid.

FAC’s 22nd annual conference is set for late November and many businesses are preparing for the event at which leading industry figures will speak.

Progressive Technology Group had joined FAC prior to the pandemic as part of its business development strategy and had seen rapid growth.

Progressive Technologies' state-of-the-art factory in Hambridge Lane
Progressive Technologies' state-of-the-art factory in Hambridge Lane

After Covid struck, the company adjusted its priorities but is back on the runway and looking to progress its aerospace business.

Established in 1977, Progressive Technology has a highly-skilled workforce based in a state-of-the-art facility in Hambridge Lane with shifts running 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Business development manager Chris French-Drayton said: “We joined the FAC as it is the longest-established regional aerospace trade association in the UK.

“It quickly became a prominent element of our aerospace outreach.

“Covid meant a temporary reassessment was necessary, but we have now returned to the fold and anticipate FAC helping us accelerate our development within aerospace and aviation.

“During the last 16 months our website and corporate branding underwent a total makeover and features an embedded virtual factory tour.

"We have increased our capacity with new machinery.”

FAC chief executive David Barnes said: “Progressive Technology typifies the resilience and spirit of the aerospace, manufacturing and engineering sector and its supply chain.

“The unprecedented effect of Covid meant everyone had to reassess and reorganise but we are now seeing signs of a proper recovery.

“Progressive Technology has a superb reputation, astonishing facilities and is exactly the type of business that will drive the recovery and help rebuild the country’s economy.”

FAC operations manager Kim Yeomans said: “Our conference is a chance for members and non-members to hear the latest intelligence and updates from the biggest names in the aerospace sector.

“There will be networking opportunities and face-to-face meetings will do so much to drive business and seal deals.

“If we work together as a sector, seek collaboration over competition, we will recover more quickly.”

Take a tour of Progressive Technology’s site at https://youtu.be/YG1vyd5Q6Zg

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