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Delight: Michael Rice

Delight: Michael Rice

Delight: Michael Rice

Aerospace firm Causeway Aero has announced a multi-million pound deal to make seats for another business.

Lisburn-based Causeway will be completing the order for Pitch Aircraft Seating Systems.

The deal was announced as the firms travel to the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg.

Pitch, which is based in Redditch in England, is known for its fixed-back economy class seating, which has been used in single-aisle aircraft like the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737.

Northern Ireland is already a hub for the manufacture of aircraft seating thanks to Collins Aerospace in Kilkeel and Thompson Aero in Portadown.

The deal with Pitch is Causeway's latest contract since it announced the takeover of Belfast Aircraft Stress Engineers (BASE) in October.

And it has also acquired a 20,000 sq ft manufacturing and production facility at Lissue Industrial Estate in Lisburn.

Michael Rice, chief executive of Causeway Aero, said: "We are delighted that Pitch has appointed Causeway Aero as their contract manufacturer and we will now be moving full steam ahead to engage with the Northern Ireland supply chain to ensure that we deliver for Pitch.

"I've no doubt in my mind that one of the key decisions for Pitch was not only Causeway Aero's ability to deliver quality and on time every time, but also the experience of Northern Ireland's supply chain. We have some of the best engineering and manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland."

Gary Doy, CEO of Pitch, said, "We have a great product in a buoyant market and our decision to appoint Causeway Aero as contract manufacturer, given their team, systems, certification and new manufacturing facility, puts us in a highly competitive position to support the increasing global demand for our products.

"With a proven infrastructure and the availability of a highly skilled workforce, Northern Ireland is an excellent location for the volume manufacture of aircraft seats.

"It is no coincidence that a high percentage of the world's aircraft seats are currently being manufactured here."

Causeway Aero will be exhibiting at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg from Tuesday to Thursday next week with Pitch.

Meanwhile, Carrickfergus firm IPC Mouldings has joined Collins Aerospace at a supplier delegation conference near the company's office in North Carolina. IPC Mouldings will also attend the Hamburg expo.

Belfast Telegraph