Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier bosses get grand tour

By Clare Weir

The First and Deputy First ministers have welcomed the directors of Shorts' parent company Bombardier to Northern Ireland.

Bombardier chairman, Laurent Beaudoin, president and chief executive officer Pierre Beaudoin, and 12 board members toured some of the company's manufacturing sites and met with some of the company's 5,000 local employees.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster was also present during the visit and said: "Northern Ireland is regarded as one of the pioneering regions in the field of aerospace innovation.

"Bombardier's investments are indicative of the international esteem in which the capability and talent of the company's local operation and associated supply chain is held, and continue to contribute directly to Northern Ireland's overall prosperity."

Pierre Beaudoin of Bombardier said that the company's Northern Ireland operation plays an integral role in the success of Bombardier Aerospace.

"Our investment here and our people's passion for innovation and engineering excellence have helped Bombardier develop world-leading aircraft products," he said.

"We are delighted with the warm welcome we have received from Northern Ireland's senior political representatives," said Mr Beaudoin.

"This is a rare opportunity to speak with them on a first-hand basis about the local impact of our investments, as well as discuss the current challenges we face in the global marketplace and prospects for the future as we seek to maintain a competitive edge in the industry."