Belfast Telegraph

Liferaft manufacturer in aircraft supply deal

By Clare Weir

A Co Antrim-based firm has been selected by a large South American aircraft manufacturer to supply liferafts and emergency beacons for a new model.

The Survitec Group Limited, which is looking to expand its business in Latin America, will provide its RFD Aerolite 30 type liferaft for the Embraer KC390 programme, with three liferafts being fitted per aircraft.

Survitec has worked with Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force for a number of years, notably on the Super Tucano training platform on the provision of single- seat liferafts.

The KC390 programme marks Embraer's first step into military transport aircraft,

Survitec, which has operated for over 160 years, employs 1,270 people in Dunmurry, London and six manufacturing sites working on marine, defence and aerospace survival technology including liferafts and pilot flight equipment.

Earlier this month Survitec, which employs 252 people at RDF Beaufort in Dunmurry, bought the business of Seaweather (Parker Knight Holdings) for an undisclosed sum.

In May, the firm acquired the global marine business Cosalt in a £31m deal, absorbing over 450 new staff.

Embraer is involved in all stages of design, development, manufacturing, sales and after-sales support for aircraft in the commercial, executive, defence systems and agricultural aviation segments and has produced more than 5,000 aircraft operating in 92 countries on five continents, and it is the market leader for commercial jets with up to 120 seats.

Speaking on the new partnership, David Griffiths, vice president of defence sales at Survitec Group said that the awarding of the contract demonstrates the firm's broad range of defence and aviation capabilities.

"We provided the best value proposition to Embraer and offered a design solution without compromise."