Military aircraft developer Aeralis has officially opened its new offices in Bristol’s Aztec West Business Park.
The manufacturing start-up is currently developing a modular aircraft design for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and hopes to deliver the first all-British crewed military aircraft since the 1970s.
The British company said its new 5,607 square foot base at the Almondsbury site would house up to 40 staff “with room for continued expansion” as the business grows.
Aeralis said it has established relationships with many organizations within Bristol’s ‘thriving’ defense and aerospace sector, including the Ministry of Defense (MoD) Atkins and Rolls-Royce.
Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti toured the new office as part of the opening, touring a collaborative design engineering space and demonstrating the company’s virtual reality flight simulator.
Mr Lopresti also heard from the company’s senior management of its ambitions to be at the forefront of the military aviation industry and that it is “well positioned” to enter a market of export of over £80 billion for light defense jet aviation.
Aeralis founder and chief executive, Tristan Crawford, said the company was delighted to receive the politician’s support, as it seeks to strengthen its presence in the region and create “a range of jobs within the local community”.
Mr. Crawford said: “The opening of the Enterprise Hub marks an important step in our development as a company, as it will allow us to accommodate our program team with our engineering team and our partners in the region to expand the development of our innovative modular jet.
Mr. Lopresti added: “It was great to visit the Aeralis facilities and see, first hand, the innovative work they are undertaking. As a strong advocate for the defense industry and our armed forces, I’m thrilled to see this company go from strength to strength.
“That such a bold and innovative company chose Aztec West as their headquarters is a testament to the local community.”
Aeralis becomes the latest company to arrive at the business park on the northern outskirts of Bristol, which is home to more than 120 companies.
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