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Boeing to Open Its First European Plant — in Post-Brexit U.K.

Boeing Co. plans to open its first ever European factory in Sheffield, northern England -- delivering a vote of confidence in the U.K.’s manufacturing capabilities as the country prepares to exit the European Union.

The 20 million-pound ($25 million) facility will supply parts for Boeing’s 737 short-haul workhorse and the 777 wide-body, specializing in actuation systems that extend and retract an aircraft’s wing flaps in different phases of flight.

Computer rendering of the proposed Boeing production facility in Sheffield, U.K.

The move advances Boeing’s plans to increase in-house manufacturing of actuator components in order to boost production efficiency, enhance quality control and...