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Co Down company in deal to make amphibious aircraft parts


Aaron McGreevy

Aaron McGreevy

Aaron McGreevy

A Co Down precision engineering company is to manufacture parts for a firm that makes amphibious aircraft.

McGreevy Engineering in Ballygowan will be making components for Dornier's German-made Seastar planes in a deal worth an undisclosed sum.

The aircraft can operate from runway and water surfaces, and is used for a range of requirements including government missions and VIP transport.

McGreevy Engineering said it had met Dornier at the Farnborough International Airshow in July last year and had since gained a number of contracts.

Managing director Aaron McGreevy said: "McGreevy Engineering is very pleased to be working with Dornier Seawings.

"Given our recent investment to diversify our capabilities this is great news indeed.

"The Dornier brand has a heritage of a pioneering spirit - like many Northern Ireland companies it is built on the rich experience of engineering expertise, in this case, in aviation.

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"The Dornier family is highly respected given their 100 years of aircraft production and we hope to continue to build on this relationship given our many years of experience in engineering."

Paul Larkin, of Dornier Seawings, said: "Dornier Seawings is delighted to be working with McGreevy Engineering, a second generation engineering family.

"The Seastar is superior in every important measure: speed, range, safety, cabin size and lower maintenance costs.

"It is designed in Germany and strictly adheres to Dornier's high quality standards.

"It is therefore significant that we partner with like-minded companies that understand our ethos, requirement for quality and on time delivery needs as well as added value."

McGreevy Engineering announced an investment of £175,000 in November last year to enable it to carry out more work in aerospace. The company is taking part next month in the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, AIX 2019, in Hamburg, Germany.