Plane maker drops a job bomb

Posted on 2 Apr 2009 by The Manufacturer

Global engineering firm Bombardier has announced it will cut 975 jobs from its aerospace operations in Northern Ireland.

This will leave around 5,000 Bombardier staff in the country.

“We deeply regret the impact this will have on those affected and their families,” read a company statement.

“Unfortunately, however, the force of this global recession is unprecedented, market conditions have worsened, and Bombardier is revising downwards most of its aircraft production rates and implementing measures to meet challenges facing the whole aviation industry.

“We need to do all we can to protect the business now so that when we come out of the recession we will be in a strong position.”

The news follows other redundancies at Northern Ireland manufacturing sites announced this week including Visteon, Nortel and FG Wilson.

In February Bombardier’s train making department in Derbyshire was part of a consortium that missed out on a £7.5bn contract to supply Super Express trains for East Coast Main Line and the Great Western Main Line. A rival group headed by the Japanese Hitachi was awarded the work instead.