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03 July 2014

Altran increases South West presence by opening second Bristol office

High value innovation and engineering company Altran UK has opened a second office in Bristol, significantly increasing its footprint in the South West of England. The move will enable the firm to expand the support it is already providing to Tier 1 aerospace and defence organisations in the region, in key areas such as advanced systems, aerostructures, propulsion, aerodynamics, product lifecycle management and manufacturing engineering.

The new office is located at the BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre in Filton as part of the Filton Enterprise Area, recognised as a hub for innovation in aerospace and defence. Altran UK already has established offices in the South West at Bristol’s Brabazon Office Park and in central Bath, as well as five other locations throughout the UK.

The South West is a key regional market for Altran, particularly in the aerospace and defence sectors,” states Mike Simms, CEO of Altran UK. “We have been building our presence here over the course of many years and established ourselves as a trusted delivery partner of some of the biggest names in UK aerospace and defence, providing them with engineering and technical support on an array of award-winning projects. The opening of this new Bristol office is our latest step in developing a South West regional centre of excellence for engineering and innovation. It will enable us to deliver an even greater breadth and depth of support to our clients, and sends out a clear message that we are an employer of note in this important region.”

Denton Clutterbuck, Head of Aerospace and Defence at Altran UK, adds, “Aerospace and defence is a key market sector for Altran globally, with over 4,000 engineers globally active. In the UK, Altran has long been committed to supporting aerospace in the South West, and we are active members of WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum) and ADS (the UK’s leading trade organisation for aerospace, defence, space and security). We are proud to continue investing in this region, helping our clients succeed, grow and innovate at a time of great challenge and great opportunity.

The announcement comes at a time when Altran is showcasing its capability in the development of intelligent systems for the aerospace industry through a state-of-the-art interactive demonstrator at key events including the Farnborough International Airshow. The demonstrator shows how new human-machine interaction technologies can be applied to the management of civil air traffic, providing users with the opportunity to manage 3D air traffic scenarios through voice and gesture alone.

About Altran

Altran is a leading global provider of high-tech engineering services. For over 30 years, we have been defined by our passion for innovation.

As a trusted partner of organisations throughout the rail, automotive, aerospace, defence, energy and telecoms sectors, we enable our clients to work smarter in developing, deploying and maintaining leading-edge systems and products.

Altran is an Official Engineering Partner of the ground-breaking Solar Impulse project and a Technical Partner of Lotus F1 Team.

In the UK, we have offices in Bath, Bristol, Derby, London, Slough and Warwick. Additionally, a significant number of our engineering consultants and project teams are located at our clients' sites. Globally, Altran has more than 24,000 'Innovation Makers' in more than 20 countries, and 500 major clients.