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Craigavon firm wins deal to manufacture Airbus components


Showcase: Alastair Hamilton

Showcase: Alastair Hamilton

Showcase: Alastair Hamilton

Craigavon firm JW Kane has won an export deal with an international aerospace manufacturer for parts to be used on Airbus engine casings.

The deal with Safran, the world's second largest manufacturer of aircraft engine casings, will see the Northern Ireland company supply large machined parts for use on the Airbus A330 Neo engine nacelles.

The firm employs just under 100 people and has quality approvals from both Bombardier and Airbus.

It won the deal with Safran at the Paris Air Show in June.

Damian McArdle, JW Kane Precision Engineering managing director, said: "Securing this package of work with Safran, one of the world's leading aerospace companies, marks an exciting new phase in the growth of the business. The investments we have made to enhance our engineering and business processes, in order to undertake aerospace machining and supply chain management activity, are now bearing fruit.

"Invest NI is a key partner in helping us expand our customer base in export markets.

"We hope this deal will not only highlight our ability to provide a competitive service to the aerospace industry but leverage valuable new business."

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Richard Mallinson, head of purchasing UK, Safran Nacelles, said that his company had been impressed with the 'can do' culture at the Northern Ireland firm, as well as its ability to meet deadlines.

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, said: "JW Kane invests significant time and effort profiling its engineering expertise on the global aerospace stage, and winning this deal is the positive outworking of its dynamic approach to innovation and exporting.

"Regularly exhibiting on the Northern Ireland stand at trade shows including Paris Air Show, Farnborough Air Show and Aeromart Toulouse has enabled JW Kane to showcase its capabilities and cultivate relationships with new international customers."

Since it began in 1909, the International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget has gone on to become the aviation industry's largest dedicated show, with more than 2,000 exhibitors.