From semiconductor fabrication and complex mechanical assembly to space and power systems, digitalisation has been fundamental to the growth of Raytheon UK’s presence in Scotland since it started operations 60 years ago.

Hughes Microelectronics, the U.S. company that became Raytheon UK, set up shop in Glenrothes in1960, and was the first manufacturer to design and produce semiconductors, high-tech germanium, and silicon diodes in Scotland. While the site no longer produces this technology, much of the expertise involved in developing digital processes for this part of the business remains and has been instrumental in creating innovative new product lines.

Raytheon UK in Glenrothes, part of Raytheon Technologies, is a design and manufacturing leader across aerospace, commercial and defence markets. The business in Scotland has been leading in the development and manufacture of air traffic management systems, space systems and anti-jamming technologies, including components for the International Space Station.

Most recently, the company announced it has been named as part of a winning team to transform and modernise the Royal Navy’s shore-based training across 16 sites in the UK. The ability to reinvent its product line by building on legacy technologies has enabled Raytheon UK to secure opportunities in key growth markets, such as cyber, space and artificial intelligence.

The site has grown as a centre for UK advanced manufacturing, and it continues to serve Raytheon Technologies’ businesses worldwide, including the export of air traffic management systems to over200 countries globally, helping to modernise infrastructure in aviation and contribute to more sustainable aviation. That is testament to its technological advancements, excellent customer relationships, highly skilled workforce, strategic R&D investments and innovative spirit.

This success is ultimately down to the hard working and talented workforce at Glenrothes, and the business is committed to investing in promoting STEM learning across Scotland and the UK to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

John Gallagher, Raytheon UK’s Glenrothes Director, told fbm Update:“ The continued success of the Glenrothes facility rests on its 600 employees. We’re a key regional employer and take this responsibility seriously, particularly in terms of what we give back to our fantastic local community and the skilled supply chain in the area. We are a regular provider of local science, technology, engineering and maths programmes, and our reputation for excellence attracts highly-skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices alike.”