Aerospace and defence

Aerospace and defence

Northern Ireland is a global leader in aerospace technology. It has a dynamic, rapidly growing international aerospace industry founded on a strong engineering heritage and rich in knowledge, skills and experience.

Northern Ireland offers a resilient supply chain with expertise in key technologies including: composites design and manufacturing; advanced metal forming; precision machining; seating and interiors; design and stress; tooling design and manufacturing.

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.


Northern Ireland offers

A reliable, successful and competitive supply chain. 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
  • Ability to support new programmes - demonstrated by the new C Series 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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