The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, promoted the Irish aviation and aerospace sector by launching at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England for the first time with an Enterprise Ireland Pavilion.
There are over 250 companies active in the aviation and aerospace sector in Ireland contributing over €4.1 billion to GDP and supporting 42,000 jobs in Ireland. With over 250 companies that are active in the aviation and aerospace sector in Ireland, it contributes for over €4.1 billion to GDP and supporting 42,000 jobs in Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland showcased six companies from Ireland’s aviation and aerospace sector following successful attendance at last year’s Paris Air Show. The event provided an opportunity for Enterprise Ireland clients to exhibit, attend buyer meetings and actively participate in the many industry networking events around the Airshow.
Minister O’Connor says, “Ireland is a big player in this sector, for instance managing over 50 per cent of the world’s leased aircraft. Increasing our global presence in this market will drive exports and jobs at home.”
The Minister’s presence will help foster trade links with the UK, USA and France which have high potential growth in the sector, and developmental opportunities in countries such as Germany and South Africa.
Dr. Tom Kelly, Divisional Manager for Cleantech, Electronics and Lifesciences who accompanied the minister said, “Our long-standing tradition in the sector means we have built up a wide range of high-level skills and key competencies in areas such as leasing, aircraft maintenance, component manufacture and airline support services, so Farnborough Airshow is a great place for Irish aviation and aerospace companies to be seen.”
Mann Engineering produces industry-specific caddies for airport zones and logistics professionals participated in the Farnborough Airshow this year.