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'No more job losses at Bombardier' Invest NI boss claims

Published 21/02/2016

Bombardier’s troubled CSeries
Bombardier’s troubled CSeries

Alastair Hamilton told the BBC's Inside Business programme he had confidence in management at the firm.

The head of Invest NI says he believes there will be no more job losses at Bombardier in the near future.

Alastair Hamilton made the comments to the BBC just days after the Canadian company announced its intention to shed more than 1,000 jobs at its Belfast plant - including 580 this year.

The plane maker, which employs over 5,000 staff here, announced the job losses on Wednesday morning.

It is part of a cost-cutting drive that will see Bombardier shed 7,000 jobs across its global workforce.

Mr Hamilton told the BBC's Inside Business programme he had confidence in management at the firm.

"I'd be pretty confident that if they are going to do a plan such as they've done over the last few days, that they will have that well thought through and they'll have built that to make sure that they are fit for the future," Mr Hamilton said.

Bombardier is one of Northern Ireland's largest private sector employers, providing jobs for 5,500 people and additional work for many other local suppliers.

It operates in four locations - east Belfast, Newtownabbey, Dunmurry and Newtownards.

Mr Hamilton added: "I think we're at a turning point for the C-Series. We've made our investment, we've made that investment at risk, we fully understand that, but this is about rebuilding this operation for a future of high-tech, high quality, composite-based manufacturing."

Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton
Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton

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