Éirecomposites Set to Manufacture for Bombardier

Irish manufacturing company win $2.7million contract to supply aircraft components to Bombardier

Pictured signing a new contract to supply advanced composite components to Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, is P J Feerick, Joint Managing Director of EireComposites Teo, Galway with Michael Ryan, Vice President and General Manager, Bombardier. Looking on are Conchur O’Bradaigh, Joint Managing Director, EireComposites and Padraic O’Haolain, Chief Executive, Udaras na Gaeltachta. The contact was signed on board the Bombardier Global 5000, one of the aircraft for which EireComposites will supply components, and which is on display at the Paris Airshow.

Paris, France, June 20 2007 – ÉireComposites Teo, Galway, Ireland and Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, today signed a manufacturing contract under which ÉireComposites will supply advanced composite aircraft components to Bombardier. The contract was signed at the Paris Airshow in Le Bourget, France, where ÉireComposites is exhibiting at the Enterprise Ireland stand.

The contract is to supply carbon-fibre components for the Bombardier Global Express programme, and for the V2500 engine cowling, supplied by Bombardier to International Aero Engines for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. The contract is initially worth in the region of $2.7 million US over a five-year period.

ÉireComposites Joint Managing Director, PJ Feerick, said at the signing: “This manufacturing contract with Bombardier puts ÉireComposites at the forefront of suppliers of global aircraft composite components. Combined with our recent Nadcap accreditation award, this contract demonstrates the world-class manufacturing capability of ÉireComposites, and the expertise and training of our engineers and production staff.”

Michael Ryan, Vice-President of Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast, said: “We welcome ÉireComposites on board as a new supplier. Their recent Nadcap quality accreditation endorses their considerable expertise in composites manufacturing processes. This contract represents a significant step in Bombardier’s ongoing commitment to encourage the development of a competitive supply base throughout Ireland. Along with our links to universities and R&D programmes, contracts with suppliers on the island of Ireland, which now total $67 million US per annum, are an important part of our contribution to the island economy. We look forward to building a relationship that will play an important role in the success of our Global Express and nacelle programmes.”

Jim Lawler, Director, Industrial Technologies Commercialisation, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to welcome this significant cross-border collaboration between ÉireComposites and Bombardier. Enterprise Ireland and Invest NI are working together to highlight the diversity and capabilities that are available in the aerospace sector on the entire island of Ireland. This new partnership helps to underpin that goal and enhances the position of ÉireComposites in the sector globally. We look forward to seeing more cross-border contracts like this in the future.”

PJ Feerick also thanked the Irish Government Agencies, Enterprise Ireland and Údarás na Gaeltachta for their assistance in gaining the contract from Bombardier: “This type of cross-border co-operation in business is to be welcomed if we are to expand aerospace capabilities on the island of Ireland.”

About ÉireComposites

ÉireComposites is a specialised advanced composites company that carries out design, tooling, manufacturing and testing of composite structures for the global aerospace, wind energy and transportation industries.

The company is based in a 35,000 sq. ft. factory in An Cheathrú Rua, Co. Galway, Ireland, and was recently awarded Nadcap quality accreditation for composites manufacturing processes. Manufacturing facilities include autoclave processing, thermoset liquid moulding and thermoplastic press-forming. Design facilities include seats of CATIA V5 and finite element analysis programmes such as PATRAN and NASTRAN.

ÉireComposites also holds AS/EN-9100 and EN 9001:2000 accreditations for composites design and manufacturing, and ISO 17025 accreditation for composites testing through its subsidiary company Composites Testing Laboratory.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is a world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at http://www.bombardier.com.