Invest NI Chief Executive leads delegation of local aerospace companies to Farnborough

Jul 14, 2010

Invest Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton, is travelling to Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) on 19 July, with six local companies to promote the NI aerospace sector.

One of the biggest events within the global aerospace calendar, Farnborough, which runs from 19-25 July, offers local companies the opportunity to showcase their capabilities in an international setting, which features the latest technology within the global aerospace, defence, space and security industries.

The six local firms will be exhibiting on Invest NI’s Northern Ireland Aerospace group stand at the Airshow. The previous Farnborough Airshow, held in 2008, proved to be a record-breaking year for the industry with over 153,000 visitors and £60 billion worth of orders announced during the show.

Alastair Hamilton said: “Aerospace is one of Northern Ireland’s most technologically advanced industries. With annual sales of £800m and employing over 7,200 people, Invest NI is committed to supporting growth in the sector and ensuring local companies have every opportunity to promote their world class capabilities.

“Farnborough International Airshow offers unrivalled networking opportunities and a platform to meet buyers and decision makers from around the world. It is very encouraging to see companies from Northern Ireland’s aerospace sector well represented and promoting the excellent capabilities of this important sector within our economy.”  

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