Spirit AeroSystems invest £5m in Prestwick site

Spirit AeroSystems has invested £5 million at its Prestwick site adding a new paint and finishing centre.

The US-based aerostructure supply company, which works with Airbus and Boeing, was supported in the investment with a £450,000 Regional Selective Assistance Grant from Scottish Enterprise.

 Scottish Enterprise said the investment secured 75 jobs at the site.

Spirit AeroSystems was also recently awarded a £1 million Training Aid grant from Scottish Enterprise to support the creation of 16 new jobs and safeguards a further 52 roles.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds large aerostructures, including fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components, for both commercial and defense programs.

The company’s UK operation, Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Limited, is one of the largest airframe suppliers to Airbus and is a key supplier of major wing structures.

Spirit Europe also produces wing structures for Boeing programs.

Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Keith Brown, said: “Aerospace is one of our highest value sectors, playing a vital role in Scotland’s economy.

“That is why I am delighted to welcome Spirit’s latest £5 million investment in the facility, underlining the achievements of the team and showing real commitment to developing the workforce and operations in Prestwick.

“I am sure this will see the company continue to go from strength to strength, increasing efficiency and competitiveness and opening up new markets.

“I wish the Spirit team every success moving forward.”

Spirit AeroSystems vice president for UK and Malaysia, Scott McLarty, said: “This new finishing centre allows us to better meet the needs of our customers as production rates increase for single aisle aircraft.

“We are grateful for the investment by Scottish Enterprise and their partnership with us.

“This finishing centre improves our competitiveness as a world-class manufacturer and presents us with new opportunities to continually improve the quality products we deliver for our customers.”

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