Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Industry insight: northern ireland

Northern Ireland is proud of its long and prestigious history in the aerospace industry.

Today, local companies supply high-technology aerostructures in metal and advanced composites to the world's leading aircraft programmes, and are actively engaged in national and European R&D projects. The region has benefited from a legacy of engineering excellence in aerospace, employing more than 8,000 people and generating over £900m per year for the local economy.

The Northern Ireland Executive continues to invest in companies and the skills required to build on this position and to secure a transition to higher-value products and services. Investment in the SC21 (21st Century Supply Chains) programme is an indication of this commitment to improving companies' performance and ability.

Investment in academia and young people through the MSc Aerospace initiative, additional PhD places and increased undergraduate places in STEM subjects underpins the region's resolve to compete effectively in a global marketplace, grow its export market and create more jobs.

The combination of a highly-skilled workforce, collaborative projects, advanced technological capability and the Executive's commitment to excellence has, and will continue to attract major players to invest in Northern Ireland's aerospace industry.