Maydown Precision Engineering in Londonderry is to supply components for two major Airbus programmes with help from Invest Northern Ireland. The contracts are for the successful Airbus 330 series commercial jet and for the new Airbus 400M heavy-lift transport aircraft and are the first the Northern Ireland company has secured for the aircraft manufacturer.
Maydown will provide the precision engineered components to established Airbus partners in Finland, Spain and the UK. The company, which is part-owned by Bombardier-Shorts in Belfast, supplies components to most Bombardier aircraft programmes. It has been assisted to develop contacts with Airbus suppliers through our involvement in Invest NI’s aerospace trade development initiative, our participation in a number of air shows, and by Invest NI’s Trade team based in Düsseldorf.
“When we began to work with the Invest NI team ,” says Sean Phelan, Maydown Precision’s Managing Director, ”we had a limited knowledge of the requirements of European supply chain. The Airbus dominated European aerospace sector is overwhelming in its complexity. William McGuinness our Client Executive based in Belfast and Adrian O’Hare and Markus Rehkopp in Germany have helped us to position ourselves in the sector.
“As a direct result of the Invest NI initiative, we have won new business in the UK, Spain and Finland, supplying machined components for two very important Airbus programmes. We are now building our relationships with the new customers and seeking further work on the Airbus programmes. The advice and guidance about business procedures in the European aerospace industry provided by the Invest NI team in Germany has been immensely important,” adds Mr Phelan.
Adrian O’Hare, Director of Invest NI’s Trade Development Centre in Düsseldorf, says: “Companies come to us in all shapes, sizes and sectors, but a focused sectoral approach is always the best. Our experience of business in Germany stretches over 15 years. We also have an established network of contacts within German business organisations and the media.
“Aerospace is a sector in which we have considerable in-house expertise and knowledge. As well as helping Maydown to identify and set up meetings with the right people in potential partner companies, we also provided practical support in areas such as business procedures, requirements and a full interpretation service.
“Germany is a hugely important marketplace and one which still offers significant business opportunities to Northern Ireland companies, particularly in sectors such as aerospace, life sciences and transportation. German companies are keen to do business with suppliers outside the country which can offer innovative and quality products and services. They also expect customers to demonstrate a commitment and professionalism,” he added.