In addition, the company has created 150 full time positions as part of its ambitious growth plan. With its founders having 50 years’ worth of experience and specialising in Airbus A320 and Boeing B737 Base maintenance, the thriving company is looking to offset industry-wide fears regarding skills shortages and new economic climates head on. This increase in turnover will not only be attributed to bolstered service to the UK but also to wider Europe and the Far East.
As a result of government agency Enterprise Ireland’s support, which has been working with the business since day one, 30% of Dublin Aerospace’s business now comes from the UK. It has managed to facilitate and strengthen ties between Irish aerospace companies including Dublin Aerospace within the UK through investment, supporting R&D, management development and training.
Ireland has particular expertise within the aviation and aerospace sectors. There are over 250 companies active in the aviation and aerospace sector in Ireland, contributing over €4.1 billion to GDP and supporting 42,000 jobs in Ireland. The aviation and aerospace sector constitute a highly-skilled workforce, but it is not averse to fears of skills shortages.
However, Dublin Aerospace has countered this by operating one of the biggest apprenticeship programmes within the aviation sector, amounting to 100 apprentices and trainees with 30 graduating per year. With its focus on a new generation of skilled workers, Dublin Aerospace says it is leading the charge on supporting talent within the Irish aviation and aerospace sector. These workers will not only be facilitating collaboration between the UK and Irish aviation and aerospace industries, but will also provide the foundation to Dublin Aerospace reaching its 2020 turnover target.
Michael Tyrrell, chief executive officer at Dublin Aerospace (pictured above), said: “Ireland is a major and ever-growing player within aviation and aerospace. It is a great privilege for us here at Dublin Aerospace to be such an integral part in helping to achieve this growth. We know our export-driven business model and having one of the largest apprenticeship programmes within the aviation sector will be an asset, particularly as the UK and Ireland, as well as the wider world, forge new chapters in light of Brexit.”
Sean Long, senior UK market adviser for Engineering, Electronics at Enterprise Ireland, commented: “Having only established itself in 2009, Dublin Aerospace has already displayed an impressive growth rate with a credible 2020 ambition of broadening its market base and strengthening ties to existing ones. The Irish aviation and aerospace sector has long been admired as a bastion of dynamism and innovation. At Enterprise Ireland we’re looking forward to deepening this young company’s presence within the UK and wider markets over the years ahead.”
Enterprise Ireland has already played a significant role in brokering connections between Ireland and the UK in the aviation & aerospace market. Most recently it has had a presence at the Farnborough Airshow with its own Aviation & Aerospace Ireland pavilion. With a range of client companies in attendance across the aviation and aerospace supply chain.