Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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John Stewart, CEO
Aerospace gimbal duct
Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows (SABB) is a world-leading
engineering organisation. It designs, develops and
manufactures flexible joints and pressure ducting systems
for the aerospace industry. Based in Congleton, Cheshire,
SABB has built an enviable reputation for providing high-value,
reliable and innovative solutions for its customers over many
years. SABB is part of Senior plc.
Senior plc
Senior plc is an international, market-leading engineering solutions provider with 33
operations in 14 countries. It designs, manufactures and markets high-technology
components and systems for the principal original equipment producers in the
worldwide aerospace, defence, land vehicle and energy markets. The Group is split
into two divisions, aerospace and flexonics, serving five key sectors. The Group
aims to create long-term sustainable growth in shareholder value through a culture
of empowerment of autonomous and collaborative operations working within an
effective control framework. This thereby ensures a strong focus on growth through
efficient and effective performance throughout the whole organisation.
Senior Aerospace division
The Senior Aerospace division accounts for 69 per cent of Group sales activity,
spread across the large commercial aircraft, regional and business jet and military
market sectors. It supplies a comprehensive and innovative range of systems and
products engineered for minimum weight and competitive pricing in both metallic
and non-metallic materials for all major aircraft programmes.
»CEO: John Stewart
»Established in 1975
»Based in Congleton, Cheshire
»Services: Design, development
and manufacture of flexible
joints and pressure ducting
systems for the aerospace
»No. of employees: 270
»We are on every Airbus
commercial aircraft platform
»We support local charities by
raising funds and volunteering
»We have grown consistently
year-on-year since 2002
Senior Aerospace Bird
Senior Aerospace has businesses located
in North America, Europe and the Asia
region and these facilities offer a broad
range of capabilities that meet the
needs of current and potential future
customers. All operations are committed
to customer service and excellence in
design, manufacture and quality.
The division serves sectors within the
aerospace industry and it offers an
advantage as it incorporates multiple
design and manufacturing facilities
that work both individually and
collaboratively in order to deliver high-
value products to exacting customer
Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows
Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows (SABB)
was established in 1975 as a family-run
operation, serving the petrochemical
and gas industries. It has since evolved
into a reputable supplier of precision
sheet metal fabrications to the
aerospace industry and now forms
part of the Senior Aerospace division.
The core business of SABB is the
design, manufacture and qualification
of flexible joints and pressure duct
systems for air management systems
(AMS), environmental control systems
(ECS), bleed air systems, cabin
pressurisation, de-icing, fuel and
waste / water applications. Products
are production standard for all Airbus
aircraft, Embraer regional jets and
Rolls-Royce aero engines. Operational
focus and specialty is metallic
flexible joints and ducting systems
manufactured in all grades of titanium,
high and low-temperature nickel alloys,
CRES and aluminium. They are most
suitable for high-temperature and
high/medium-pressure applications.
Innovative design solutions
are in SABB’s DNA
SABB’s strength lies in the design of
complex parts and pressure ducting
systems for aircraft. Drawing on years
of design experience, the business has
developed proprietary methods and
techniques to analyse and validate
design decisions. By using the latest
computer-aided design programs,
computational fluid dynamics and
finite-element analysis programmes, Valve bellows for oil,
gas and petrochemical
SABB provides
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the SABB engineering team provides
innovative solutions for aerospace
component and system design.
Paramount to maintaining its
competitive edge, SABB engineering
provides innovative design-to-cost
solutions. These include developing
efficient manufacturing processes
and investing in advanced system
technologies to support ever-evolving
aircraft performance criteria. Our
partners and customers benefit
from these advancements. This is an
objective that SABB endeavours to
meet with every customer, both long
established and new. The SABB strategy
is to apply the combined experience
and capabilities, as described above,
to deliver engineered solutions that
maximise customer platform efficiency.
Sharing in Growth: helping
SABB to get there faster
SABB is currently benefiting from
the government-supported initiative
Sharing in Growth (SiG). SiG is an
ambitious programme to raise the
capability and competitiveness of
UK aerospace suppliers in order to
share in the growth of aerospace and
other global markets. Of the training
and development programme’s total
budget of £110 million in the UK,
£1.1million has been allocated to
SABB. The programme involves four
years of intensive capability development
and is tailored to the assessed needs of
each beneficiary, the objective being a
world-class standard of performance
leading to sustainable growth.
Part of the community
SABB is the second-largest employer
in the area and actively support the
local community throughout the
year. We are keen to encourage local
children to develop careers within the
aerospace industry and local schools
have always been our main source for
our apprentice intake each year. We
provide many schoolchildren with work
placements each year, demonstrating
to them the types of career that are
available to them. We are currently
looking at new ways of developing the
skill sets of children and young adults
and are hoping to work with a local
school on a joint engineering project.
SABB regularly supports many local
charities, such as Ruby’s Fund, Friends
for Leisure and the New Life Church.
Each quarter we ask our employees
to select a local charity that will
benefit from our “Dress-down Friday”
collection, however we like to do
more than simply donating money.
We encourage our apprentices to
support “Friends for Leisure”, which
is a local charity that provides days
out and events for children and young
adults with learning difficulties and
disabilities. Many apprentices find the
experience so rewarding that they
continue to support this charity in their
own time. One of the charities we
support is the New Life Church. This
runs the local food bank service and
provides those in need with Christmas
hampers and Easter eggs. Again, this is
a great way for our employees to give
back to the local community in a way
that helps people when they are at
their most vulnerable.
We regularly
support many
local charities,
such as Ruby’s
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This article was sponsored by Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister