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Aviation firm wins £1m Airbus deal

By Clare Weir

A Belfast aerospace firm has won contracts worth £1m in Germany.

Base Group is working with the Peters Group of Ottobrun, near Munich, for stress analysis and project management work on a multi-national Airbus project.

The work is being carried out by a joint team in Belfast and in Munich. Base is supporting the manufacture of the aircraft in preparation for delivery to the first customers, expected to continue into 2012.

The company has set up offices at the Northern Ireland Science Park. David Raymond, Base Group chairman, said the contract is the firm’s most significant piece of work on Airbus products.

“The new contract is a tremendous boost for the company and will enhance the already close relationship that we enjoy with tier one Airbus suppliers,” he said.

“Underpinning our business strategy is a commitment to provide customers with expert engineering services that are flexible, versatile and rapid. We’ll also |be able to benefit from the |advanced telecommunications network at the Northern Ireland Science Park, particularly its high volume data capability for sending complex design information to all of our European and worldwide customers.”

Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: “The new contract and the relationship with the Peters Group, one of Germany’s leading engineering businesses, establish Base as a significant supplier of expert services to Airbus and will help to raise the profile of the Northern Ireland aerospace industry within one of the world’s largest plane makers,” he said.

“Aerospace is a strategically important manufacturing sector for Northern Ireland.

“We recognise the sector’s immense potential and are keen to assist its continued growth. Indeed, one of the key activities at the recent investment conference in Washington was a ‘meet the buyer’ event which we facilitated between a group of Northern Ireland aerospace companies and major US manufacturers.”

Thousands of people are employed in Northern Ireland’s aerospace industry, which is estimated to be worth £800m. Base employs around 30 people and works with Bombardier Aerospace, Jet Aviation, GE Aviation, Marshall Aerospace, and Diehl Aircabin.

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