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Threat to Island aircraft jobs

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 10:30

AIRCRAFT company Britten Norman has said it is to restructure part of the business, putting some jobs at risk, but more than 60 jobs are to be created at a new mainland facility.
The Bembridge-based company said a review would be carried out at Britten Norman Aircraft, which produces the civil aircraft the Islander, in the coming weeks ahead of the restructuring.
Last month, the company announced it was launching two new facilities at former military aerodrome Daedalus Airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent.
It said it had shifted sub-assembly production for its military plane, the Defender, from Eastern European sub-contractors due to rising costs of manufacture resulting from the expansion of the European Union.
That will create dozens of skilled jobs, according to chief executive William Hynett, who said they hoped to take a leading role in regenerating the airfield.
But a company spokeswoman said some jobs could be lost as part of a restructuring process at Bembridge.
"Due to the restructure some roles may have to go and others may change. There might also be some new opportunities.
"It is about making the business more efficient," said the spokeswoman.
About 90 people, including sub-contractors, are employ-ed by Britten Norman Air-craft, which produces five to six Islander aircraft a year.

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