August 15, 2020
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Coronavirus: Bad week for aerospace, glimmers of hope for aviation – BBC News

If you’ve ever had the privilege of taking a business class flight there’s a good chance that your comfy, reclining seat was made in NI.

The region is an important cluster for producing aircraft interiors.

The giant United States manufacturer United Technologies employs almost 1,000 people at its Collins Aerospace seat factory in Kilkeel.

That makes it probably the biggest private sector employer in south County Down.

The Chinese-owned Thompson Aero Seating employs similar numbers at its factories in Portadown and Banbridge.

But now those workforces are facing the full blast of a pandemic-induced slowdown in aerospace.

This week, United Technologies said it planned to cut about a quarter of its staff in Kilkeel – 235 jobs.

Last month, Thompson Aero announced it was to lay off up to 500 staff.