Bombardier Aerospace UK
Bombardier is the world’s leading manufacturer of both planes and trains.
In 1989, the world’s first aircraft manufacturer, Short Brothers plc (Shorts), was acquired by Bombardier from the UK Government. Since then, with Bombardier investment of almost £2.5 billion, they have become an integral part of the world's third largest civil aircraft manufacturer.
From design through manufacture to after-market support, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast specialises in major aircraft structures including fuselages, wings, engine nacelle systems, and flight control surfaces in metal and advanced composites. With first-class capabilities and a workforce of around 6,000, the Belfast operation plays a pivotal role in all Bombardier's families of commercial and business aircraft. In addition to its headquarters in Belfast, the company has several other facilities located a short distance from the city. Customer services and composites production, including engine nacelles, are based at Newtownabbey and further composites production takes place in Dunmurry. Sheet-metal component production is based at Newtownards.
Renowned for their high standard products, the company has received 16 Queen’s Awards for Industry, 11 National Training Awards, and 24 Regional Training Awards. In addition to Bombardier programmes, customers include Airbus, General Electric, International Aero Engines, Irkut Corporation, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce.
A percentage of pre-tax profits is allocated to the Bombardier Aerospace (NI) Foundation each year to help fund Northern Ireland-based initiatives, mainly in the areas of environment, education and entrepreneurship. The foundation also supports employees who take part in volunteering projects in their local communities
Bombardier Aerospace is the largest manufacturing company in Northern Ireland and produces around 10 per cent of Northern Ireland's total manufacturing exports. Bombardier Aerospace’s activities in the UK and Ireland benefit over 800 suppliers and, in 2013, awarded them work worth around £284 million. The company leads the ADS Group’s SC21 (21st Century Supply Chains) programme in Northern Ireland, which addresses supply chain improvement and aims to increase the competitiveness of the UK aerospace and defence sector.
Bombardier Aerospace has a strategic presence in the UK and are committed to supporting the joint government and industry Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), which has led to the development of an Aerospace Industrial Strategy, launched in March 2013. The strategy aims to promote long-term growth, boost the number of skilled jobs, and enable the UK to foster innovative technologies to ensure it remains at the forefront of the global aerospace industry.
A key element of this strategy will be the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), which represents a joint industry and Government investment of £2 billion over a seven-year period. The ATI will allow industry and academic researchers to develop technology for the next generation of quieter, more energy efficient aircraft, and it will help secure in the UK the research and development activity necessary to win work on future aircraft programmes.
The range of European and UK research programmes in which the company is involved are aimed at improving the environmental performance of future aircraft by reducing fuel burn and emissions through the use of advanced materials and advanced engineering technologies. Projects also focus on improving manufacturing efficiency and sustainability through the development of high value manufacturing processes required to deliver new, innovative product designs to meet and exceed customers’ needs and expectations.
Bombardier Belfast is a partner in the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering centre (NIACE). NIACE is an industry-led, university-hosted technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies, particularly in the area of advanced composite technologies, and catering for a range of industrial sectors. Participating companies are co-located with academic staff from Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Ulster to work together to develop world-class technology solutions for a breadth of manufacturing applications.