Enterprise Ireland is promoting the Irish aviation and aerospace sector at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England for the first time.

The agency is responsible for helping Irish companies to scale and export internationally.

It will showcase six companies from the Irish aviation and aerospace sector following successful attendance at last year's Paris Air Show.

There are over 250 companies active in the aviation and aerospace sector in Ireland, contributing over €4.1 billion to GDP and supporting 42,000 jobs in Ireland. Over 50% of the world's leased aircraft are also managed from Ireland. 

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that Farnborough will give Enterprise Ireland client companies a chance to showcase their capabilities to buyers from all over the world.

"There was approximately €185 billion-worth of business transacted at the last Farnborough event two years ago," the Minister stated. 

"I very much hope this week’s exhibitors can tap further into this market, deepening relationships with the likes of Airbus, Bombardier, Boeing, Rolls Royce and related supply chains," she added.

Dr Tom Kelly, Enterprise Ireland’s Divisional Manager, Industrial, Life Sciences & Consumer, said the Irish aviation and aerospace sector was respected globally as an innovator and market leader.

He also said attending Farnborough would support clients' efforts to deepen their presence in the UK, while also accessing global opportunities in the aviation and aerospace sector.