Posted on: 11 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Bombardier has officially opened the new wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast which will be used to produce wings for the new CSeries family.
Bombardier also announced today that, following the addition of close to 1,000 employees to its Northern Ireland workforce over the last two years, it will now create at least 250 more employment opportunities over the next 12 months, to cater for its expanding aircraft programmes and component repair business. By the end of 2014, this will bring the projected workforce to approximately 6,250.
The wings produced at the new 600,000-square-foot facility are made using an innovative carbon-fibre composite technology developed by Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland. This technology enables both material and aircraft weight savings, which contribute to reduced manufacturing cycle times and reduced fuel burn.
Bombardier also announced that the new wing facility has been certified to Gold level in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system by the US Green Building Council. The facility's sustainable initiatives include building material selection, the extensive use of natural light, energy efficiency, water saving, and indoor environmental quality.
"We believe that our advanced composites process enables a step-change in the way aircraft wings are made. The benefits of weight reduction compared to conventional metal wings, and reduced inspection and maintenance activities, are making an important contribution to the CSeries aircraft's success,” remarked Michael Ryan, vice-president and general manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast.