UPDATE 2-With key role at stake, Airbus urges UK to stay competitive
* CEO says UK must compete more with EU and world at large
* CEO says Airbus to review investment strategy
* Modern plant builds wings on site of WW2 bomber factory
* UK faces future competition for next plane project (Recasts throughout, adds quotes, background)
By Tim Hepher
PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) - Airbus urged Britain on Friday to remain competitive for industrial investments after it voted to leave the European Union, as aerospace experts warned it could no longer take for granted a strategic position inside the European planemaker.
"The world will not stand still, nor will Europe," Airbus Group Chief Executive Tom Enders said in a statement.
"I hope the divorce will proceed with a view to minimising economic damage to all impacted by Brexit. Britain will suffer but I'm sure it will focus even more now on the competitiveness of its economy vis-a-vis the EU and the world at large."
Airbus, founded in 1970 and spread between major plants in Britain, France, Germany and Spain, builds wings for Airbus passenger jets in the UK where the group employs 15,000 people. Continued...