ÉireComposites to create 40 Connemara jobs

40 new jobs land in the West after ÉireComposites and Spirit Aerosystems sign multi-million aerospace deal.

Design and manufacturing player ÉireComposites is to create 40 new jobs in the Connemara Gaeltacht after winning a major multi-million euro contract.

The young company has sealed a deal with Spirit AeroSystems to provide structural components for commercial airliners and business jets. Spirit is one of the world’s largest tier-one aerostructure manufacturers and suppliers for premier commercial and defence aerospace programmes.

“I am proud of the work we do here as we are unique to the area along the Wild Atlantic Way with a very loyal and skilled workforce and without whom today’s announcement and ÉireComposites’ bright future would not be possible”

The contract will enable the creation of 40 new jobs over the next three years, while also securing 60 existing positions. The new jobs created will be a combination of engineering, quality, and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

A dream takes wing

In recent months ThinkBusiness reported how ÉireComposites forged a partnership with Manna and NUI Galway that will see it design and develop an aerospace grade carbon fibre airframe for Manna and revolutionise the future of last mile delivery.

“The announcement today (27 October 2021) of the continuation and expansion of the relationship between ÉireComposites and Spirit AeroSystems is hugely significant not only as a sign of confidence of the work of Irish suppliers post-Brexit but the massive role our company will play in the future of air travel,” stated ÉireComposites CEO, Tomás Flanagan.

“In line with the impact the coronavirus had on the aviation sector last year, our aerospace sales were slower than in previous years. However, we expect to recover throughout this year and today’s announcement is a real show of confidence by Spirit AeroSystems in the work we undertake here in Co. Galway. It is our hope and our goal to return to the same level of revenue in 2019 this year and we plan on strong growth next year with the intention of expanding our work by 40 new positions between now and 2025 to bring our employment numbers to 100 full time employees.”

“I am proud of the work we do here as we are unique to the area along the Wild Atlantic Way with a very loyal and skilled workforce and without whom today’s announcement and ÉireComposites’ bright future would not be possible,” Flanagan said.

The contract highlights the continued commitment by Spirit AeroSystems to quality Irish suppliers following its recent acquisition of Bombardier’s Belfast operations. The scope of the contract involves complex composite component manufacturing, including assembly, part trimming and non-destructive testing services for a number of key business and commercial aircraft programmes.

“We are proud to be working with and supporting this innovative and exciting company as they deliver jobs and security to the Connemara Gaeltacht region and support its economic development,” said Mark de Faoite on behalf of Údarás na Gaeltachta.

“It is also encouraging to see that both ÉireComposites and Spirit AeroSystems are strengthening their relationship in a post-Brexit environment.”

Main image at top: Mark McKeigue, CCO at ÉireComposites and Tomás Flanagan, ÉireComposites CEO

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.

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