BABC Transatlantic Aerospace Symposium

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Pre-Event: Monday, September 23

Exclusive Reception with the RAF Red Arrows Hosted by the UK Government Office Seattle

By Invitation

Registered conference attendees will receive an invitation to an exclusive reception with the visiting Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, hosted by the UK Government Office in Seattle on the evening of Monday 23 September.

Program: Tuesday, September 24


Check-In & Networking

11:00AM - 11:30AM


Proceed to the Ballroom on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Pick up your name badge and program, and enjoy some advance time to network with colleagues.

Aerospace Technology Showcase

11:00AM - 5:00PM


See the latest in technological solutions that are helping advance the aerospace sector. 

Global Engagement, The Boeing Company

Check out Boeing’s new STEM learning program, FUTURE U. Blast-off on a mission to the Martian surface with our Mars VR experience and solve real-life engineering challenges to help get us there. Learn more at


The home of graphene brings you the future of aerospace. Lightweight, strong, stiff, transparent, electrically and thermally conductive. Check out how Manchester can help your firm commercialize nextgen materials at

Southbourne Rubber

SBR is a lean, agile, customer-focused, highly responsive UK manufacturer of rubber and silicone mouldings and extrusions. Delivering high-quality components into the aerospace and medical verticals with approval to AS9100D." SBR has a unique weight-saving silicone sponge material has passed the stringent aerospace 12s vertical burn tests. Allowing full flexibility with the manufacture of varied shapes sizes and lengths to be used within the sensitive aeroplane cabin area. With hardness ranging from 10lb/ft to 33lb/ft and only 16lb/ft³ density, with full FR aerospace approvals, this material leads the way with a flexible weight reduction programme. Weight reduction is key to airline efficiency and TCO cost-saving goals. For every 1ft³ used a reduction of 53lb/ft³ over traditional rubbers can be made. Learn more at

Lunch & Welcome

11:30AM - 12:00PM


Call to Order & MC:

  • Justin O'Brien, Senior Manager - International Strategic Partnerships, The Boeing Company


  • Maria Laine, Vice President - International Strategic Partnerships, The Boeing Company

UK Aerospace Spotlight:

  • Paul Griffiths, Director Aerospace, UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The most senior aerospace official from the British Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy will give an update on the UK Industrial Strategy on aerospace, including what it means for companies on the ground in the UK and how that feeds through to benefits for U.S. customers, plus the UK's strategic partnership with Boeing.

Luncheon Keynote

12:00pm - 12:40pm



  • David Hyem, Vice President, Metals Boeing Fabrication, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

  • Anna Keeling, Managing Director, Boeing Defence UK

Creating Value in Boeing’s Supply Chain


To compete in a large and growing aerospace marketplace, Boeing suppliers must meet high standards of performance including quality, on-time delivery and affordability. This is true for Boeing’s external suppliers as well as its internal supply chain, Boeing Fabrication. To share company expectations, David Hyem, Fabrication vice president of Metals, will talk about the value story for Boeing Sheffield, the company’s first European factory, which produces actuation components for the company’s commercial airplanes.

The Importance of the ‘Special Relationship’


Managing Director for Boeing Defence UK, Anna Keeling, will share details on the importance of the UK/U.S. relationship in trade and defence alliance, recognizing a number of great accomplishments resulting from the ‘special relationship’ and the strength of both countries as innovation powerhouses.


12:40pm -  1:15pm 

Enjoy an opportunity to network and browse the technology showcase before the sessions begin.

Transformation via Innovation in the Aerospace Sector

1:15pm -   2:30pm


Opening Address:

DevIn Liddell, Principle Futurist, Teague


Warren Schramm, Technical Director, Teague


  • James Baker, CEO, Graphene@Manchester

  • William Lyons, Director of Global Research & Development Strategy, Boeing Research & Technology

  • Paul Perera, Vice President of Technology, GKN Aerospace

  • Simon Weeks, Chief Technology Officer, Aerospace Technology Institute

Innovation is in high demand by business and consumers. It is the key to uncovering new opportunities, technologies, products and services. Innovation is process designed to foster new ideas by continually pushing beyond the status quo. This process creates new concepts, examines their strengths and flaws, then starts again with this new knowledge. This repeats over and over at lightning speed… can the aerospace sector keep up? Hear from a panel of aerospace and technology experts as they discuss the importance of innovation to the future of aerospace including best practices for building a culture of innovation to drive success, balancing the risks and rewards of failing-fast, the impact of introducing new technologies to the industry, the importance of innovation centers, and what companies should be doing now to ramp up their operations.


2:30pm -  2:45pm 

Enjoy a short break before the late afternoon session begins.

The Indirect Supply Chain: Pathways to the OEM

2:45pm -  4:00pm



Chris Gane, Business Specialist, UK Department for International Trade



  • Ted Bennett, Vice President Boeing Support, Cobham

  • Gareth Deering, Business Development Manager, Denroy Plastics Ltd.

  • Chris Henson, Vice President Business Development, Nasmyth Group

  • Vipul Vachhani, Founder & CEO, Javiel Aerospace

What are the opportunities in the supply chain? Do you understand what you want and where the value is? Do you have the proper resources in place? Are you ready to meet potential challenges ahead? Learn from our supply chain experts as they tackle the important issues of moving through the chain and finding successes at Tier 3, 2 and 1 levels. They will also share best practices, lessons learned and key issues to consider for your business operations.

Connections & Conversations

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Foyer West & Ballroom

Enjoy time to make connections, engage in conversations, visit companies in the technology showcase and discuss business opportunities before heading into the reception.

GKN Aerospace Cocktail Networking Reception

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Foyer West & Ballroom

Hosted by BABC-member GKN Aerospace, join us to network with industry colleagues and new friends. Enjoy a great end to the day with light appetizers and beverages, and a final opportunity for casual business networking. 

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