A project aimed at encouraging aircraft seat OEMs to source components from the UK has won a share of £40m ($64m) of funding.
Alloys specialist Magnesium Elektron is working with UK firms Mettis Aerospace and Kenard Engineering and a seat manufacturer to develop a lightweight forged magnesium component.
The project was awarded cash from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme, which is co-funded by the UK government.
The first round of funding in for the North West region also awarded cash to Triumph Actuation Systems, IOM and Innovate to Manufacture, which are working to develop lightweight actuators made through additive manufacturing.
A second call for projects is now open and firms have until December 15 to submit funding applications. A third and final call will be made at the start of 2015.