GKN Aerospace partners with Northern Irish aviation company
GKN places a contract with a company based in Northern Ireland.
GKN Aerospace has placed its first direct contract with Moyola Precision Engineering, a Northern Ireland-based manufacturing company.
Motola will produce machined metal components for the advanced winglet that GKN Aerospace has designed and is supplying for Bombardier’s Global 7000/8000 business jet.
Rob Soen, senior vice president, supply chain management at GKN Aerospace said: “We have been talking to Moyola and other companies in Northern Ireland for some months now following an event organized by the aerospace trade association ‘ADS’ and Invest NI. Moyola has shown real commitment, vision and energy throughout the discussions leading to this initial contract placement and we hope this relationship will grow over time. We are continuing our discussions with regional organisations, such as Invest NI, as we explore other opportunities to increase UK-based supplier involvement in our work.”
Invest NI has been working closely with UK aerospace trade associations, companies and gocernment to encourage the creation of jobs in Northern Ireland.
Marcus Bryson, CEO of GKN Aerospace and Land Systems and co-chair of the AGP said: “Our goal in the AGP is to increase the level of work placed with the UK-based aerospace supply chain wherever it makes good business sense. To achieve this we are working with regional bodies across the country. Invest NI has been particularly effective in understanding the requirements of prime aerospace manufacturers and major tier one suppliers and aligning these with the capabilities of its members. We hope the success they are beginning to see with companies such as Moyola is repeated across the UK.”
Jeremy Fitch, executive director, business and sector cevelopment, Invest NI added: “Aerospace is strategically important to Northern Ireland and Invest NI is very pleased to be working with GKN Aerospace and Moyola Precision Engineering to secure new higher value added business. Invest NI is committed to exploring how Northern Ireland companies can rise to the challenges set within the Aerospace Industrial Strategy”.
Mark Semple, managing director, Moyola Precision Engineering said: “We are delighted to receive our first direct order from GKN Aerospace. Building business with GKN Aerospace forms a large part of our growth strategy and we are working hard with them to develop into a key strategic supplier going forward. Some of the future opportunities with GKN Aerospace may require collaboration with other local like-minded companies and we are pleased with the support and advice from Invest NI in this endeavor.”
Paul Everitt, chief executive, ADS Group said: “The aerospace industry is a vital employer in Northern Ireland and contributes GBP1bn to the local economy. The work undertaken through the Aerospace Growth Partnership will ensure innovative, advanced manufacturers such as GKN Aerospace and Moyola, across the UK supply chain, can link up to deliver the best the industry has to offer and maintain the UK’s position as the world’s second largest aerospace manufacturer.”