Wales boosted by aerospace sector expansion

Welsh Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies announced today that Nordam Europe Ltd and Britax Aircraft Seating are to create up to 440 new aerospace jobs in the region.

Wales is set to benefit from the creation of 440 new aerospace jobs following the announcement that Nordam Europe Ltd and Britax Aircraft Seating are to expand their operations in the region.

Nordam Europe Ltd, a specialist in aircraft overhaul and repair, is to extend its European manufacturing facility in Blackwood and double the number of production staff, creating 220 new jobs as part of an £8.4 million investment. The Welsh Assembly Government has supported the project with a £3.3 million Regional Selective Assistance grant.

Britax Aircraft Seating plans to create nearly 200 skilled jobs by establishing a new component manufacturing plant alongside its existing seat-making operation at Cwmbran. The expansion is also aided by Regional Selective Assistance from the Assembly Government and support from the Welsh Development Agency.

The news was announced by Welsh Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies when he opened MRO Europe, a two-day aerospace conference and exhibition in Cardiff today.

‘The aerospace sector is really taking off in Wales. We are now home to 10% of the UK aerospace industry and some of the world’s leading companies in the sector,’ said Davies.

Nordam’s new investment will be a phased development over the next three years. The first phase involves the construction of 40,000 sq ft of industrial accommodation to expand its existing 100,000 sq ft facility and the second phase will be the development of an additional 100,000 sq ft.

Managing Director Tom Wilson, said the expansion was vital to meet the growing demand for the specialist services that Nordam Europe offered and to meet the needs of the next generation of aircraft, particularly the 777s and the Airbus family of jets.

Britax, which employs 500 people in Cwmbran, plans to reinforce its investment in Wales by basing an expanded component business in a 57,000 sq. ft building adjacent to its seat plant.