Bombardier planning expansion at Belfast factory
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April 1, 2018 - Machinery Market’
Aerospace giant Bombardier (www.bombardier.com) is expected to move ahead with plans for an expansion of its wings factory in Belfast, prompting renewed confidence in its C-Series aircraft, according to a report in the Belfast Telegraph.
The company, which has Belfast-born Michael Ryan at the helm, will increase the size of its Airport Road West factory by 17,000m2 — roughly a third.
Ernie Arvai, co-founder of aerospace consulting firm AirInsight, said: "The expansion of the Belfast facility bodes well for the C-Series, while the expertise in resin transfer moulding and advanced composite wing manufacturing will be useful for other Bombardier business jets — and potentially other Airbus commercial programmes in the future."
Bombardier employs around 4,000 people in Northern Ireland, including 1,000 working on the C-Series.