Northern Ireland aerospace firms take flight to Paris Airshow

Sixteen Northern Ireland Aerospace and Defence sector companies will demonstrate leading supply chain innovation and capability when they promote their products at Paris Airshow from 17-23 June.

Six companies, including first time attendee JW Kane Precision Engineering, are exhibiting on the Northern Ireland Group stand hosted by Invest Northern Ireland.

The other exhibitors are Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, Maydown Precision Engineering, Londonderry, Moyola Precision Engineering, Castledawson, Survitec Group, Dunmurry and Vulcanium Metals, Newtownards. Around 10 other local businesses will also be exhibiting independently or visiting the show.

Tracy Meharg, Invest NI’s Executive Director of Business Solutions, will accompany the local delegation to help promote Northern Ireland’s leading supply chain expertise to international aviation, defence and space companies.

“Northern Ireland’s Aerospace Sector is a successful, high value industry built on advanced engineering, advanced manufacturing and design. It contributes about eight per cent of the total UK aerospace sector,” Tracy Meharg explained.

“Global demand for 27,000 new passenger aircraft and 40,000 new helicopters is estimated to be worth almost $4 trillion by 2030 so there is enormous scope for our local companies to continue to lead supply chain innovation and play a major role in contributing to the delivery of this new business.

“Aerospace is a high value industry in Northern Ireland’s economy and Paris Airshow offers an important platform to showcase the world class capabilities of Northern Ireland’s supply chain network.” Mrs Meharg added.

Paris Airshow has been fully booked since January with 54,000sqm of stands, 340 business chalets and 27 national pavilions. A record-breaking 2,160 companies from 44 countries are expected and over 130 aircraft are set to appear.

The Northern Ireland Aerospace Stand is located in Hall 2B Stand G171.