Minister meets his constituents at expanding firm

HI-TECH Fareham MP Mark Hoban, right, views latest air traffic management developments with Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions managing director Mark Cooper
HI-TECH Fareham MP Mark Hoban, right, views latest air traffic management developments with Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions managing director Mark Cooper
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THE government’s minister for employment has been looking at the way two Fareham companies have been working together.

Mark Hoban was in his own constituency to meet staff working for Lockheed Martin UK at the firm’s Whiteley base.

The firm develops and makes software and other technology which helps the National Air Traffic Service (Nats) and military air defence teams keep aircraft flying.

Worldwide, the company’s systems keep more than 60 per cent of aircraft in the sky.

During his visit to Whiteley, the Fareham MP saw some of the latest developments taking place in LMUK’s research laboratories.

Mark Cooper, managing director of LMUK’s information systems and global solutions arm, said: ‘We have been working with Nats for more than 25 years, and Mr Hoban visited Whiteley to hear more about how we work closely with them. He was able to see our latest developments in air traffic technology and our expanding research and development facility.

‘It was a pleasure to show him what we’re doing and to introduce him to some of the people from his constituency involved in that work.’

Around 180 staff work directly in the Nats office in Whiteley, and another 100 work in its Fusion office within the same business park.

The firm also worked closely with the Office for National Statistics, again based in Whiteley, when it collected data during the census.

Mr Hoban said: ‘LMUK’s recent extension of its support contract with Nats sustains more than 130 jobs and the company is set to expand further with new contract wins.

‘In addition, there is an increasing supplier network, which is further good news for the local economy.’

The UK is Lockheed Martin’s largest international market.

Headquartered in central London, LMUK operates 17 sites and directly had around £1bn in sales last year. The company and its UK supply chain sustain employment for more than 10,000 people.