Cambridgeshire companies are to benefit from a share of £154 million of government investment in aerospace technology.
The investment, which includes £30 million of joint funding from the government and industry to benefit 11 projects including six in Cambridgeshire, has been welcomed by Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert.
Cambridge-based Granta Design, Innovative Technology and Science and Argon Design all benefit along with Plant Integrity and TWI in Great Abington and Forward Composites in Huntingdon.
The funding was announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat Leader, Nick Clegg and is part of a £2 billion government and industry investment in research and development of the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.
Julian said: “This is excellent news for Cambridgeshire. It recognises the county’s contribution to cutting edge research and technology in the aerospace industry.
“The businesses were awarded this funding following open competition and it is testament to the high level of work that is taking place in our city and our county in an industry in which we lead in Europe.
“Aviation accounts for a significant and growing proportion of our carbon emissions and has a significant noise impact. Research that can lead to new technologies which can go some way to lessening this impact is hugely important.”