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Expansion sparks 30 new engineering jobs

More than 30 new jobs will be created with a £3.6m investment by a Belfast-based engineering company.

Marlborough Engineering is aiming to more than double its turnover and quadruple export sales in the next five years.

Based in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, the company supplies machined components and large- scale fabrications to customers in a range of industrial sectors including aerospace, power generation and construction.

The company employs just under 70 and has developed relationships with aerospace suppliers in the US and Middle East, which is now paying off in terms of opportunities and sales.

In the last six months, Marlborough Engineering has secured over £1.6m in export sales from companies based in Washington State, USA, including a £400,000 order from Pacifica Engineering.

Invest NI has offered over £406,000 support for Marlborough's expansion - part funded by the European Regional Development Fund - which will enable the firm to acquire new equipment, develop the skills of employees and target export markets.

The good news comes a week after big-money announcements by planemaker Bombardier - one of Marlborough's big clients - which landed the biggest deal in its history with private aviation firm VistaJet and car parts manufacturer Montupet, which clinched a £200m deal with Ford.

Mark O'Kane, managing director of Marlborough Engineering, said the company is on an aggressive five-year expansion plan.

"By delivering exceptional levels of quality and service to our customers we have built up our reputation, both locally and internationally," he said.

"We have received a range of support from Invest NI in recent years which has helped us to strengthen our management structure, develop our skills and design capability and explore export markets. This latest support will help us to take advantage of new opportunities that we have identified and achieve the ambitious targets we have set."

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster added: "Marlborough Engineering is an ambitious, forward-thinking locally owned business with plans to substantially grow over the next few years through a strategic focus on the aerospace and power industries.

"The majority of the new jobs created by this investment will pay above the Northern Ireland private sector median, and are the kind of high quality employment opportunities that Invest Northern Ireland seeks to support."