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Coventry
Thursday, 25 Mar 2021

‘Gigafactory’ for Coventry Airport?

Coventry city council is entering a partnership with Coventry Airport Ltd to develop a proposal which would see the airfield become the site of a gigafactory (a facility that manufactures electric car batteries). If the project goes ahead it could attract up to £2b of investment to the area and create thousands of jobs, according to the city council.
 
The proposal comes in the wake of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announcing that all its cars will become fully electric by 2030. JLR already has a major presence in the region, with sites at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, Solihull and Whitley in Coventry, while BMW has an engine plant at nearby Hams Hall.
 
The potential redevelopment of Coventry airport, which could take place by 2025, would make the retention of Wellesbourne Mountford as on operational airfield crucial for the General Aviation sector in the area.
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Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths As a supporter of Wellesbourne I completely agree we need to use this to ensure Wellesbourne survives and indeed is not cut down in size as is currently suggested. The destruction of Coventry is however not an example of good industrial strategy.
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths What it fails to consider is the future of aviation and the oportunities for new manufacturing jobs future developments could bring. With Battery tech at the moment I would consider us to be in the VHS Betamax period of development. They will get better!
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths As they get smaller, more powerful and have better charging charateristics the use of battaries in avaition will boom. As a nation successive government have learnt to hate avaition manufacturing often because of their own incompitance.
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths Also, there is the possiblities of Hydrogen systems. As a model aircraft flyer I know that Electric is actually a great system for aviation when developed properly. I would guess over 60% o all model aviation is now electfic and that started in the 1970's
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths Baginton was and could still be a massive centre for new aviation tech and if not, Wellesbourne must be. Both are well connected to local transport systems and next to large indusrial land areas. Baginton going because Birmingham International hate it!
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths Anyone with even the smallest local knowledge of West Midlands aviation will know that. Coventry has been a thorn in the side of Elmdon for decades. That is not industrial strategy thinking. There is an alternative view.
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths As a model flyer I now have to register as a drone flyer even thought I don't own one. It is clear the likes of Amazon want to put MILLIONS of drones into our skys and the CAA and Treasury can see pound signs. But is this the sort of Drone future we want
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths Such a massive increase in domestic drone users will drive the public mad. They are noisy and potentially dangerous. However, we could instead be looking at cargo drones. Substantial bits of kit as bit as a transit van and they will need building and....
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths servicing. Baginton would be an idea site for such industrial constuction and Wellesbourne being near Gaydon again with such a major warehousing hub next to it be fantastic opportunity to develop new tech. Larger drones will be more economic and have ...
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths ... a far more widely useable commercial footprint. We could lead he world in the tech and GA would also benefit from the effective development of the new technology as well. But, as usual, industrial policy takes second stage to property development. ..
Sat 27 Mar
Timothy Griffiths ...UK aviation has been too weak and disorganised to defend itself. Every aircraft factory of note has been destroyed and many of opportunities we could have will be lost abroad. Will this idea for instance just end up aboard? https://vertical-aerospace
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