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Published on October 26th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Dublin Aerospace Opens New Facility

Dublin Aerospace has opened its new state-of-the-art landing gear facility in Ashbourne Co. Meath today. The company will increase staff numbers from 75 to 150 when the facility becomes fully operational. The company said it is currently hiring for a number of positions, with roles advertised for electricians, technicians, mechanics, painters, document controllers, production planners, and health and safety officers. The €12 million investment in the new Ashbourne facility is supported by the Government through Enterprise Ireland and Dublin Aerospace shareholders.

Specialising in Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 landing gear overhaul and spread across a 70,000 square foot area, there is the capacity for up to 350 overhauls per year at this new facility. With four new Electro-Plating Lines, Light and Heavy machine shops, dedicated inspection, and NDT centre, in addition to cleaning and assembly shops, this unit can accomplish all the tasks required for a complete overhaul under one roof. Dublin Aerospace has expanded from just 18 employees in 2009 to over 500 now working across three locations in Ashbourne, Dublin Airport and Exeter.

Conor McCarthy of Dublin Aerospace

Commenting on the launch, CEO and Chairman of Dublin Aerospace, Conor McCarthy said, “We would like to thank Enterprise Ireland as well as our shareholders for their support and belief in this Irish enterprise as we continue our growth trajectory. We started Dublin Aerospace out of adversity; during the 2009 Global Financial Crisis and we have managed to grow, compete profitably, and succeed ever since. The opening of our new Landing Gear Centre is a true testament to the proficiency of the team, their hard work and their commitment to our customers. We are operating in a globally competitive sector, where having the right talent, skills, and attitude is crucial. As a home-grown Irish business, we compete on the global stage, and we are truly proud to say we have been successful thanks to the experience, ability, and work ethic of our great team. We pride ourselves as being a learning and training organisation, with over 100 young men and women in training at any time, with ambitious plans to increase this number in the near future.

The new facility in Ashbourne was officially opened by Tánaiste, and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. who said, “Today’s announcement gives me great hope for the future. I know aviation was one of the sectors worst affected by the pandemic. Dublin Aerospace was founded during tough times and is once again a case study in triumph over adversity. The Government has tried to help aviation firms get through it with wage subsidies and rates waivers. Through long-term investment in our airports, as outlined in the NDP, we are committed to helping the sector fully recover and thrive again. As an island, with a very open economy and society, our connectivity to the rest of the world is absolutely crucial. This state-of-the-art landing gear facility will employ 150 people once fully up and running. The €12 million investment by Dublin Aerospace and the Government through Enterprise Ireland is a real vote of confidence in what I believe, will be a very strong recovery in the industry. I also really welcome the plans to develop a Landing Gear Technician Traineeship. The Government wants to see more employers run apprenticeships and traineeships and this one will make sure we have the skills and people to make the most of this fantastic new facility in the years to come. Congratulations to the entire team involved.”

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