Northern Ireland has a dynamic, rapidly growing international aerospace industry 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 Aerospace is fully integrated with the UK industry, the world’s second largest aerospace nation after the USA. Valued at US$2.4bn, Northern Ireland's aerospace industry is one of Europe’s leading aerospace regions in revenue terms.
Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, BAE Systems, Spirit AeroSystems and GKN Aerospace are among the OEMs and Tier One firms currently working with Northern Ireland aerospace companies.
We offer a reliable, successful and competitive supply chain with expertise in key technologies including:
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Northern Ireland is home to a number of centres of excellence undertaking industrially relevant research and channelling university expertise into the development of sophisticated products and processes.
Northern Ireland is an attractive place for investment in the aerospace sector thanks to a combination of factors including skills availability, excellent infrastructure, cost-effectiveness and a supportive business environment.
International investors successfully operating in the region include:
Bombardier’s Belfast operation is the largest investor in Northern Ireland and the largest manufacturing company, with a total workforce of around 4,000. It specialises in the design and development of complex composite and metallic structures, including wings, engine nacelles and fuselages and has a comprehensive after-market support business.
Collins Aerospace International designs and manufactures crushers, screeners, trommels, stackers and washing systems for use in a wide range of industries including aggregates processing, mining, landscaping, C&D, waste management and recycling. Its high quality products are renowned for their performance, reliability and user-friendly features.
Magellan Aerospace develops and produces complex and integrated products and services that bring value to customers, serving the civil aerospace and defence markets across the globe. Magellan primarily supplies machined components for airframes, engine nacelles, landing gear and flight controls to the UK and global aerospace industry from its Northern Ireland facility.
Thales in Belfast is the centre of excellence for missile systems design, development and manufacturing within the Thales group. From its Belfast site, Thales has been the world’s leading provider of very short range air defence capability systems for over 60 years.
Thompson Aero Seating is recognised as a market leader for cutting edge design, engineering and manufacture of premium class, full-flat bed airline seating. Thompson’s bespoke solutions maximise passengers’ personal space and through intelligent design, optimise every inch of the cabin. On-going exploration of new concepts, materials and technologies ensures that Thompson is always at the forefront of product development and innovation.