Bombardier Aerospace (Belfast, Northern Ireland) on June 20 announced that it has awarded contracts worth a total value of up to £70 million to five companies – three local Northern Ireland firms and two U.S. companies that are setting up facilities in Belfast as a result of the contracts.
The contracts relate to two of Bombardier’s aircraft programs, in which Belfast plays a significant role — the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft and the composite wing skins and spar components for the Learjet 85 aircraft. Since Bombardier announced these programs, more than 60 companies in Northern Ireland have been involved in the development and test phase of the wing programs, or in the building or equipping of Bombardier’s new state-of-the-art wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast that is currently under construction.
Contracts announced are:
Denroy Plastics Ltd. (Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland) has been selected to manufacture injection-molded thermoplastic hydraulic and fuel brackets for the CSeries aircraft outer wing box.
Williams Industrial Services (Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland) has been awarded a contract for the supply of two pre-forming machines to help prepare the composite materials for both the Learjet 85 and CSeries aircraft wings prior to the curing process. The machines have been designed, manufactured and integrated by Williams to facilitate Bombardier’s Resin Transfer Infusion composite process.
Kemfast Pass (Belfast) has been awarded a contract to manage the purchase and storage of raw materials, and their onward delivery to the CSeries and Learjet 85 aircraft wing production lines. To support this, Kemfast is building a storage facility near Bombardier’s new wing manufacturing and assembly factory, and is recruiting staff for its operations.
New Breed Logistics (High Point, N.C., USA) selected for work on the CSeries aircraft wing program. New Breed is supporting the CSeries aircraft wing production with a logistics service, which includes supply chain management, inbound transportation management, warehouse management, order fulfilment, production line delivery and product dispatch.
Nova-Tech Engineering Ltd. (Lynnwood, Wash., USA) is setting up a new European hub in Belfast as a result of being awarded two contracts to manage the supply, support and servicing of tooling and equipment for Bombardier’s new wing facility. Nova-Tech will employ a number of local companies to manufacture some of the equipment and tooling required to support Bombardier’s wing production lines.
“Our ongoing investment in these aircraft wing programs, and in the construction of our new wing production facility, is not only developing our key capabilities and skills for the future, but is also providing valuable spin-offs and benefits to the wider Northern Ireland economy,” says Michael Ryan, vice president and general manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.
“These latest contracts are in addition to work we have already awarded to more than 60 local companies over the past three years,” he added.
Meanwhile, construction of Bombardier’s new 600,000-ft2/55,742m2 wing facility is progressing on schedule. The first phase has been completed and production equipment is installed; installation of the semi-automated jigs that will support assembly of the CSeries aircraft wings is also now under way in the second phase of the facility.