Posted on Friday 11 October 2013 by Ulster Business

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Prime Minister David Cameron told Bombardier staff their hard work was behind the company's success.

Aerospace manufacturer Bombardier has announced plans to create 250 new jobs in Belfast across its various aircraft programmes.

The news came as Prime Minister David Cameron officially opened the company's state-of-the-art wing manufacturing and assembly facility, which is used in construction of its new CSeries aircraft.

Mr Cameron was in town for the much vaunted Investment Conference, which saw existing foreign direct investment companies, including Bombardier, Allstate and HBO present to 120 delegates from other firms who are seen as potential investors at an event in Titanic Belfast.

It was announced yesterday that the UK and Northern Ireland governments have approved the business case for a new £120m R&D project at Bombardier which could create up to 230 jobs.

Today, the Canada-headquartered company said it would also be creating 250 more positions over the next 12 months to cater for its expanding aircraft programmes and component repair business.

Bombardier has already added close to 1,000 employees to its Northern Ireland workforce in the last two years and will have a workforce of around 6,250 by the end of 2014.

The company's new 600,000-square-foot, £520m facility is producing the wings for the CSeries aircraft, which had its successful maiden flight last month. The wings are made using an innovative carbon-fibre composite technology developed by Bombardier engineers in Northern Ireland.

"The CSeries is setting new standards in the commercial aircraft marketplace with its unmatched environmental scorecard, and our employees' expertise and dedication are playing a key role in the success of the program. The prestigious LEED certification of our new Belfast facility also demonstrates that not only are we on the right track with our innovative and environmentally conscious products, we are also delivering on our commitments as a responsible corporate citizen," said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.

Michael Ryan, Vice-President and General Manager, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, added: "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.

"Bombardier's major investment in the CSeries aircraft programme continues to bring significant benefits to the 200 companies in our UK supply chain as well as to the Northern Ireland and wider UK economies."

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