Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today welcomed Bombardier Aerospace’s announcement to place a further £70million worth of CSeries and Learjet 85 supply chain contracts in Northern Ireland.
Bombardier Aerospace Belfast is responsible for the design, development and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for Bombardier’s CSeries and wing components for the Learjet 85 aircraft and there are associated supply chain opportunities across a range of areas including software, tooling, logistics and factory automation.
Arlene Foster said: “Bombardier’s announcement is a significant and a welcome boost to the local economy. Invest Northern Ireland is working closely with the Bombardier Aerospace teams in Belfast and Montréal to maximise the wider economic impact of its aircraft programmes here.
“Three locally owned companies, Denroy Plastics, Bangor, Williams Industrial Services of Mallusk and Kemfast PASS are to benefit from a portion of the £70million business, along with two US companies Nova-Tech Engineering and New Breed Logistics.
“As a result of winning business on the new aircraft programmes, Nova-Tech Engineering Ltd, a division of US company TSI, has confirmed it is creating its European hub in Belfast, whilst New Breed Logistics will also establish a Northern Ireland operation for the first time. Both of these new investments will create new employment opportunities and strengthen the local supply chain.”
The Minister concluded: “Today’s announcement is a tremendous endorsement of the technological expertise and capability available in Northern Ireland. Since the original CSeries investment was announced in 2008, over 60 companies in Northern Ireland have benefitted and I am confident that, as the CSeries and Learjet 85 programmes progress, even more locally based firms will benefit from the associated supply chain opportunities.”