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Report Spanish firm Aernnova lodges interest in Bombardier's Northern Ireland operations

The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)
The Bombardier Aerospace plant in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)

Spanish aircraft specialist Aernnova is interested in buying Bombardier's Northern Ireland business, it has been reported.

The Financial Times reports the aerospace firm is among a number of companies to have submitted an expression of interest in taking over the up-for-sale operations.

Aernnova manufactures wing and fuselage sections and supplies the likes of Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier.

During a trade dispute between the US and Bombarider, Airbus acquired a majority stake in the firms C-Series jet programme. Renamed the Airbus A220, wings for the aircraft are made in Belfast.

In May, Bombardier placed its Northern Ireland operations up for sale as part of a reorganisation of its business. It employs around 3,500 in Northern Ireland across four sites.

Airbus, the US-based Spirit Aerosystems and UK aerospace and automotive parts suppliers GKN have also been mentioned as possible buyers for the firm.

Last week company accounts showed the company's Northern Ireland operations returned an operating profit in 2018

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Bombardier said it was committed to finding the right buyer.

Aernnova has been approached for comment.

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