Bombardier CSeries off to Belfast after Paris Air Show
Bombarider's much-talked about CS100 will be showcased by a Stormont Minister in France this week, presenting Northern Ireland's aerospace capability before a global audience.
The Canadian aerospace giant is bringing its long-awaited jet - of which the wings are made in Belfast - to the skies of Belfast on June 19, following the Paris Air Show. The first time the CSeries aircraft will fly in the city.
Bombardier Aerospace is the world's largest manufacturer of planes and trains, and employs around 6,000 people here.
The long-delayed aircraft will debut at the Paris Air Show where Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell will present the Northern Ireland Aerospace Capability Brochure - a catalogue of the best in the industry's technology on offer here.
The brochure was designed to market the expertise of Northern Ireland companies, many of which are among the 2,200 exhibitors at the show, which runs until Sunday.
Mr Bell said Northern Ireland was a "global leader in aerospace technology" with every major commercial aircraft programme depending on structures, components and expertise from the local supply base. "We have a strong aerospace cluster involving over 60 companies and Invest Northern Ireland has been working with this supply base to enhance its competitiveness and support its continued growth."
He said the development of the brochure was an integral part of the NI Aerospace Partnering for Growth Strategy, which aims to double the size of the aerospace sector to £2bn sales annually. The initiative is also intent on increasing employment within the sector from 8,000 to 12,000 over the next 10 years.
"The Paris Air Show provides a valuable platform for this cluster of companies to present their skills, products and services to an international audience and further build on their successes," he added.
Leslie Orr, manager of industry body ADS NI, said: "Northern Ireland industry and government have a joint strategy to double the size of the aerospace sector to £2bn per year. This brochure illustrates the great strength, depth and capabilities of our aerospace companies."
Northern Ireland firms taking part include: Moyola Precision Engineering, J W Kane Precision Engineering; Technical Metals Group, Vulcanium Metals, Maydown Precision Engineering and European Space Propulsion.