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26/09/2017

Decision Due In Bombardier Dispute

Aerospace firm Bombardier is to find out if it will face heavy financial penalties as a result of a trade dispute with Boeing.

American firm Boeing claimed Bombardier was selling its C-Series jet below cost in the United States.

Around 1,000 workers in Northern Ireland are directly employed on the C-Series project.

In a statement earlier this month Bombardier said: "Bombardier strongly disagrees with the assertions made by Boeing in its petition regarding the alleged threat caused by future exports of the C-Series family of aircraft to the US.
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"We are responding to the petition proceedings, and will not speculate on the impact on our Belfast site should the Boeing petition be successful.

"However, as Bombardier Belfast is responsible for the design, manufacture and assembly of the advanced composite wings for the C Series aircraft, the C Series programme is critical to the long-term future of our Northern Ireland operations."

The Northern Ireland Executive and the UK government pledged to invest almost £135 million in the establishment of the C-Series manufacturing site in Belfast.

The US Department of Commerce is expected to announce its first verdict on Tuesday, 26 September.

(CD)

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