Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd. at Farnborough International Airshow
today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sigma Aeronautics Ltd.,
as part of Spirit's strategy to further develop its supply chain capabilities
within the United Kingdom. Sigma represents a number of aerospace companies
located in Northern Ireland.
"Today's signing with Sigma further solidifies our joint commitment to
build and support the aircraft manufacturing supply chain in the U.K.," said
Neil McManus, Vice President and Managing Director of Spirit Europe. "At Spirit
Europe, we are keen to explore the potential for new opportunities in this
The MOU was signed in the presence of Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland's
First Minister and Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland Minister for Enterprise.
Welcoming the MOU, Minister Foster commented, "This is a major opportunity
for Northern Ireland companies to collaborate and win increasing business in a
fast expanding aerospace market. Aerospace is a substantial employer in
Northern Ireland and is the type of technology led and innovation driven
industry to accelerate growth in exports and high value jobs."
David Raymond, MD of Sigma, stated, "Spirit's offer to work with Northern
Ireland aerospace companies to help them step up to become an integral part of
its UK supply chain presents a tremendous opportunity for companies here."
"Together we supply directly and indirectly to most of the major aircraft
manufacturers worldwide. Our mission is to understand and share Spirit`s
strategy for growth and ensure we become a long term partner in their success."
"We will build new business together based on successful collaboration,
innovation, competitiveness, technical excellence, and the will to win."
"I would like to acknowledge all who have worked to make this first step
today possible. Neil McManus and his team, the NI companies involved, Invest
NI, and importantly ADS who have been with us all along providing invaluable
On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR), with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA,
is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of
aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute
facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.;
Kinston, N.C.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and
Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit's core products include fuselages,
pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket
customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul,
and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe
produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.
SOURCE: Spirit AeroSystems
CONTACT: Nicola Spence
Director of Corporate Strategy