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Ballygowan firm to supply precision parts to iconic Germany-built 'flying boat'

The Dornier Seawing in action

CO DOWN precision engineering company McGreevy has been commissioned by amphibious aircraft maker Dornier Seawing to produce parts for its iconic advanced Seastar 'flying boat'.

Dornier rose to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s as a manufacturer of large seaplane, and the Seastar aircraft, designed in Germany, is engineered to operate from runway and water surfaces, allowing for short field take-off and landing capabilities.

McGreevy Engineering in Ballygowan, which specialises in precision-machined components, five-axis milling and multi axis turn milling, initially met with Dornier Seawings at last July's Farnborough air show and has gained a number of contracts since then.

Managing director Aaron McGreevy said: “Given our recent investment to diversify our capabilities, this is great news for us.

“The Dornier brand has a heritage of a pioneering spirit, and like many Northern Ireland companies is built on the rich experience of engineering expertise, in this case in aviation.

“The Dornier family is highly respected given its 100 years of aircraft production and we hope to continue to build on this relationship given our many years of experience in engineering.”

The Seastar is a multi-purpose aircraft covering a wide operational range of VIP transport, commercial, government and corporate missions.

Paul Larkin from the company said: “Dornier Seawings is delighted to be working with McGreevy Engineering, a second generation engineering family.

“The Seastar is superior in every important measure – speed, range, safety, cabin size and lower maintenance costs. It is designed in Germany and strictly adheres to Dornier's high quality standards.

“So it is significant that we partner with like-minded companies that understand our ethos, requirement for quality and on time delivery needs as well as added value.”

The news comes ahead of McGreevy exhibiting on the NI Aerospace/Invest NI stand at the AIX2019 aircraft interiors expo in Hamburg from April 2-4, a business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of leading suppliers to European and international aircraft interiors professionals and airlines with the latest innovations, technologies and products.

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