Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, has outlined the vital role that the manufacturing sector will play in helping the Welsh economy recover from the effects of recession following a visit to the Airbus factory in North Wales.
The MEP, a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, was given a guided tour of the Broughton site along with local MP, Mark Tami, and local AM, Carl Sargeant.
Derek Vaughan MEP said:
"Manufacturing in Wales is the key to a long term sustainable economic recovery and we must support companies like Airbus to develop and invest in research, employee skills and new technologies so that Wales can continue to compete in the European and global marketplace.
The facilities at Broughton are a success story that leads the way for the rest of the manufacturing sector. They have a highly skilled workforce in a high technology plant and, with the help of Government support at Welsh, UK and European levels, remain a major employer bringing highly paid jobs to North Wales.
At a time of great difficulty for the economy, politicians, trade unions and the private sector need to work together to ensure that manufacturing in Wales has the bright future it deserves."
The visit took place on Friday, 13 November 2009 and is part of an ongoing tour by Mr Vaughan of manufacturing and energy production sites across Wales.