New £35m aerospace engineering factory open for business

Gordon Dyce, director of RLC Global Point pictured with the mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Paul Hamill at the firm's new £35 million facility in Newtownabbey
Gareth McKeown

A new £35 million aerospace engineering factory has recently opened its doors in Newtownabbey.

Isle of Man company RLC announced two years ago it was to become the first tenant of Global Point Business Park, Invest NI's largest industrial development site.

The £35 million investment in the 10,000 sq m facility is now complete, with as many as 85 jobs created through the company's expansion. The engineering firm, which makes components for some of the best-known names in the aerospace sector, including Martin Baker and Rolls-Royce, has another centre in Crumlin as well as operations in Britain and Singapore.

Gordon Dyce, director for Pratt and Whitney Supply Chain and RLC Global Point hailed the new factory as a "fantastic manufacturing facility".

"The site continues to grow and expand in parallel with our workload from our blue chip aerospace customer base," he said.

"This is a key manufacturing factory, with a highly trained and capable workforce, using the latest techniques and equipment to deliver complex components to our customers. We have healthy order books and want to partner strategic vendors and supply chains in sharing in the growth for this sector and in this region."

The mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Paul Hamill added that he was looking forward to seeing the facility reach its full potential in the months and years ahead.

“We welcome the recent expansion of RLC to the Global Point Business Park, which reflects an investment of over £35 million in the Borough. Staff are highly skilled and it is apparent that they are extremely passionate about the projects they are working on."

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