Aerospace and defence

Northern Ireland is a global leader in aerospace technology founded on a strong engineering heritage and rich in knowledge, skills and experience.

Every major commercial aircraft programme depends on structures, components and expert services from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland is Europe's eighth largest aerospace region in revenue terms, with over 60 companies engaged at the leading edge of advanced aerospace design and manufacturing.

Aerospace has been identified as a priority sector in Northern Ireland's Programme for Government. The UK Government has committed $3.5bn to the sector over the next seven years, to be delivered through the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

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Northern Ireland offers:

A reliable supply chain with expertise in key technologies including:

  • Composites design and manufacturing
  • Advanced metal forming
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Seating and interiors
  • Design and stress
  • Tooling design and manufacturing

Opportunities for right sourcing:

  • Major ongoing company investment in technology, people and R&D to prepare for expanding production rates
  • Proven ability to ramp up quickly - companies have successfully doubled output in two years
  • Abililty to support new programmes - demonstrated by the new CSeries Wing Programme in Northern Ireland
  • Established, successful Supply Chain Quality System - SC21
  • Reduced cycle times and a focus on driving lean and innovation in the production system
  • Strong supply chain collaboration
  • Low risk, culturally compatible environment

Approvals and accreditations

  • Northern Ireland companies hold internationally recognised aerospace approvals and accreditations including AS9100, ISO9001 and NADCAP


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