There are a huge numbers of companies across the UK that make up the supply chain for the Astute-class submarines which are currently being built in Barrow-in-Furness.
The Astutes are the nuclear-powered ‘hunter-killer’ submarines that will replace the ageing Swiftsure class and Trafalgar class subs. They are not the ones equipped with the nuclear deterrent – those are due to be built straight after the Astutes.
According to the list I have, there are over 1,400 suppliers to the Astutes in over 1,500 locations spread right across the country. Listed below are local companies who make up the 1400 defence contractors and small businesses in the defence sector alongside the indirect supply chain involving companies outside the defence sector.
The supply chain for the Astutes is also likely to be similar to the supply chain for the successor to the Vanguard-class Trident carrying submarines, assuming that goes ahead.
Major decisions such as spending on Astute submarines and renewing the deterrent must of course be made on their contribution to national security rather than simply on local economic impact. But the economic impact is important.
ALLSPEEDS LTD , ACCRINGTON
BLACKBURN CIRCUIT DESIGN
CAD - CAPTURE LIMITED, BLACKBURN
CUSTOMER INFORMATION SERVICES, BLACKBURN
D and S ENG FACILITIES LTD, ACCRINGTON
FENNER POWER TRANSMISSION, BLACKBURN
HEADHANDHEART LTD, BURNLEY
MERCER and SONS LTD, BLACKBURN
PORTAKABIN LTD, BLACKBURN
TRACTABEL ELYO, BLACKBURN
MCT BRATTBERG LTD, HASLINGDEN
PRODUCTION GLASSFIBRE, ACCRINGTON