47. B/E Aerospace
Vice president and managing director: Neil Cairns
Pre-tax profit: £43.3m
BE Aerospace has a large fabrication facility in Kilkeel, Co Down, making internal seats and other furnishings for a large range of passenger aircraft for some of the best known airlines across the globe.
The company has its largest UK manufacturing facility in Northern Ireland but it also has other operations in England. The registered offices are in Leighton Buzzard.
B/E Aerospace has expanded its business base in recent years. Between 2005 and 2008 turnover more than doubled. Then in 2009 turnover fell sharply as a consequence of the impact of recession on the aerospace industry. Much of the lost ground was recovered in 2010 as the order book increased. In 2011 this recovery has been maintained.
An analysis of the destination of sales shows that nearly a fifth of sales were to the USA, about two-fifths in Europe (including the UK) and just over two-fifths went to countries outside Europe and the USA.
Employment in the UK business (including Kilkeel) fell slightly in 2010 to an average of 874 people.
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Tel: 028 4176 2471