Aircraft Cabin Management

AIX23: Three Northern Ireland suppliers team up to promote the region’s strength

Three local aviation supplier businesses from Northern Ireland are collaborating to showcase the important role the region plays in the sector’s supply chain.

Rostrevor based Bradfor Ltd, Newry’s The Exact Group and IPC Mouldings from Carrickfergus will come together on the Northern Ireland stand at next week’s AIX trade show in Hamburg.

They are working together to provide an enhanced offering to the global OEMs on the scale of a big business but with agility and flexibility of an Small to Medium Sized Business (SMEs).

The trio will be demonstrating how Northern Ireland companies are servicing the global aerospace sector by focussing on collaboration and communication, quality management, technology and innovation.

Bradfor supplies the aerospace industry with a range of innovative textile products including seat covers, life vest pouches, diaphragms, straps and general upholstery.

Patricia Clements, managing director of Bradfor said: “This year’s AIX Expo is an excellent opportunity for us to be in front of a global market audience and to be able to speak first-hand to aerospace industry leaders and decision makers about our high-quality seating and textile products that we produce and how best we can serve their supply chain needs.

“Northern Ireland is a small place, but our manufacturing capabilities have global reach and by attending the AIX Expo we are being recognised as the location of choice for a trusted supply chain by some of the world’s biggest buyers in the aerospace sector.”

The Exact Group is a leader in precision engineering and composite finishing, providing its services primarily to the aerospace and defence sectors.

Stephen Cromie, managing director, said: “We are looking forward to this year’s AIX Expo and promoting our supply chain excellence to the global aerospace market.

“The Exact Group has recently invested in new technology and has been appointed a certified applicator of Cerakote which is the world leader in thin film ceramic infused coating technology.

“This advancement in our services allows us to give our customers more choice for their products and we are looking forward to showcasing these during the exhibition and attracting new customers as well as having the chance to catch up with our current customers.”

IPC Mouldings, a provider of injection moulded parts and assemblies provides key aircraft products including food trays and latch assemblies, armcaps and video bezels.

Managing director said: “We are excited to attend this year’s exhibition.  Over recent months we have invested in new machinery and redefined our approach in this post covid world by optimising our productivity, extending capability and offering flexible solutions to our customers.

“By exhibiting at the AIX Expo, we are able to meet with our customers, potential customers, collaborative partners and suppliers and show them how we can meet their needs and provide high quality products and services to a global market.”

All AS9100 accredited, the three companies will be highlighting their successful collaboration at the exhibition, showcasing their business ethos ‘Stronger together, by building a better supply chain, excellence can be achieved.’

The three are exhibiting in Hall B7, 7B42 as part of the Invest NI exhibition stand.

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