Bombardier to build $350m global manufacturing centre in Canada

WCN Editorial Team 6 Dec 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is planning to build a new global aircraft final assembly centre in Mississauga, Toronto, Canada, with an investment of $350m.

To be located in Toronto Pearson International Airport, the one million ft² facility will feature hangar space for pre-flight activities and will be used for Bombardier’s Global business jets final assembly line.

Expected to create thousands of employment opportunities, the facility will be equipped to enable the production of 100 aircraft annually.

Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains said: “Aerospace is one of the most innovative and global industries in Canada.

“This new facility will showcase Canada’s aerospace industry, support our highly skilled workforce and will be a hub for the world-class aircraft produced in the Greater Toronto Area.”

The centre, which is scheduled for opening in 2023, will feature the most advanced aircraft manufacturing processes in the world, Bombardier noted.

Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie said: “Our City welcomes this investment as it will bring new, high quality jobs, boost economic growth, and help raise Mississauga’s profile as a global aerospace hub, home to Canada’s largest aerospace cluster, where innovation thrives.”

As part of the new plan, Bombardier has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to build the facility.

Bombardier said it has already begun preliminary work of the project, which is expected to strengthen Ontario’s aerospace industry and support economic development.

Additionally, the manufacturer has contributed millions of dollars to the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium (DAIR).

The funding will be used for the development of a visionary aerospace hub for academic research and training activities, and C$2.5m ($1.8m) towards the rehabilitation of the Moth Building.

Bombardier president and chief executive officer Alain Bellemare said: “This is a strategic move for Bombardier and a strong commitment to Ontario’s aerospace industry. It will allow us to offer world-class career opportunities and continue fuelling the economic development of the region for years to come.”

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Image: Illustration of Bombardier’s global manufacturing centre at Toronto International Pearson. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.

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