B/E Aerospace Unveils Newly Expanded Facility in Kilkeel with Support from Invest Northern Ireland

Mar 15, 2006

B/E Aerospace, the world’s leading manufacturer of cabin interior products, announced the official opening of its newly expanded facility based in Kilkeel today, with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

The expansion will double the plant’s current assembly capacity, allowing the company to strengthen significantly its export capability. Invest NI has offered B/E Aerospace over £3 million of assistance towards total project costs.

Congratulating the company on the project, Leslie Morrison, Chief Executive of Invest NI said:

“This expansion marks a highly significant chapter in the development of B/E Aerospace and is a testament to its continued success. By investing in improved research and development the company is helping to safeguard its future and enhance its ability to compete at a global level.”

Speaking at the official opening Clifford McSpadden, Vice President and Managing Director of B/E Aerospace said:

“This newly expanded plant is the largest aircraft seat production facility within the aerospace industry. The new capacity ensures our ability to satisfy the long-term needs of our growing customer base.”

B/E Aerospace has worked closely with both the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast in developing its seating centre of excellence. The new expansion will help to stimulate further research programmes with both universities and potentially create a number of mutually beneficial spin-out projects.

The expansion will also increase the potential for additional supply chain opportunities for Northern Ireland and significantly improve the Northern Ireland Aerospace capability.

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