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Hutchinson Engineering’s lofty ambitions set to take off

Mayor of Antrim  Roderick Swann with Mark Hutchinson, MD Hutchinson AeroTech and Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton.

Mayor of Antrim  Roderick Swann with Mark Hutchinson, MD Hutchinson AeroTech and Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton.

Laser engineering firm SJC Hutchinson Engineering has commited to an investment of £3.6 million in new technology and R&D in a bid to tap into the multi-billion dollar global aerospace industry.

The company has launched its specialist division, Hutchinson AeroTech with the aim of becoming a leader in the machining and supply of stainless steel and titanium processing for the aerospace sector.

27 new jobs will be created as a result, 14 will be based in Kilrea and the remaining 13 at Hutchinson’s new premises in Antrim.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered SJC Hutchinson Engineering over £686,000 to support this investment, including £349,000 towards its research and development activities, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Opening the company’s new 10,000sq ft purpose-built site in Antrim, Invest NI’s Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton, said: “Aerospace accounts for around 14 per cent of manufactured exports from Northern Ireland and it is great to see Hutchinson AeroTech build on their strong engineering experience to diversify into this lucrative sector.

“This long established company has worked with Invest NI to identify and target opportunities in niche markets. Through this investment, Hutchinson is poised to become a key supplier of sophisticated and high value parts for the international aerospace industry.”

Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director, Hutchinson Aerotech said: “We’ve already invested £1.5 million in the latest cutting edge technologies and R&D to ensure that we can service the needs of this highly specialised sector.

“Building on over 40 years’ experience working with clients who demand precision and accuracy will help us meet the stringent needs of the aerospace sector. Our investment in researching the effects of laser cutting on aerospace materials should differentiate us from our competitors and allow us to offer customers higher quality components for precision applications.”

 

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