The importance of these events cannot be overlooked for the value they inject into one of the UK’s leading industries. The UK defence industry accounts for ten per cent of UK high technology manufacturing, and is the second biggest exporter of defence equipment and services globally, second only to the US. The opportunity for international stakeholders to come together at Clarion’s flagship event, DSEI, based at ExCeL London, provides critical support to maintaining and growing that position.
The economic benefits don’t end there. As a whole, the UK defence industry employs over 300,000 people and generates over £35 billion per year for the UK economy. The industry also works hand-in-hand with the UK armed forces from factory to frontline, ensuring not only that UK troops are equipped with the technologies to keep ahead of their adversaries, but that the UK remains home to the talent, skills and innovation centres that will keep pushing UK Defence PLC as a leading player on the global stage.