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Eirtech Aviation Services opens composites repair centre

02 July 2018

Airtech Aviation Services, headquartered in Shannon Airport, Ireland, has established a new Composites Repair Centre and plans to recruit 124 new jobs over the next four years.

The manufacturing, repair and overhaul business offers a range of professional aviation services to customers globally. The new facility at Queen’s Road, Belfast offers Eirtech’s customers a centre located in the UK that repairs composite parts on commercial aircraft.

Announcing the investment, Invest Northern Ireland CEO Alastair Hamilton said: “Northern Ireland is global leader in aerospace technology and this investment by Eirtech adds a welcome new dynamic to our vibrant aerospace industry.

“The advanced aerospace design and manufacturing capabilities built up over many years has created a strong talent pool, which was a major draw in securing this project.”

Invest NI has offered £992,000 of support towards the new jobs which, once recruited, will contribute over £4.3 million annually in wages to the Northern Ireland economy.

Eirtech Aviation Composites Ltd will offer the repair and overhaul of composite components on commercial aircraft including flight controls, nacelles, wing to body faring and overhead bins.

Speaking about its new Belfast-based repair centre, David Kerr, CEO, Eirtech Aviation Composites said: “The growing use of composite materials in aircraft manufacture creates a huge market opportunity for us in the global aviation sector.

“Northern Ireland has an abundance of people with world-class manufacturing capabilities, a strong aerospace cluster and renowned expertise in composites at NIACE and Ulster University, making it an ideal location for our UK Composite Repair Centre.

“This Belfast facility is part of our strategy to future proof the business, ensuring we have access to the GB marketplace post Brexit. The first phase of recruitment is complete and we will adding to this consistently over the next four years as we scale the business to meet the needs of our customers globally.”