ceremony was attended by the Portuguese P
inister, António Costa, the Chairman and CEO
of the Portuguese Trade & Investment Agency (AICEP)
, Luís Castro Henriques, the CEO of
Airbus, Cédric Gautier, and the COO of Airbus,
“I am very pleased with the outcome of this partnership between AICEP and Airbus Atlantic Portugal, which led to the investment in the group's first industrial unit in Portugal. This is another important step towards strengthening the aerospace industry in our country”, says the CEO and Chairman of AICEP, Luís Castro Henriques.
The new Airbus factory will cover 20,000 square meters and already employs more than 100 people. The company expects to reach 150 employees by the end of 2022 and create a further 250 highly-qualified jobs in the coming years.
In a statement, Airbus explains the reason for choosing Santo Tirso was related to the “very healthy business environment that Portugal offers and its strategic proximity to logistical structures such as the airport and the Port of Leixões, as well as its dynamic ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship”.
With a network of over 35 suppliers in the country, the Airbus Group, the parent company of Airbus Atlantic, assures Portugal is a key partner and that this new factory in the Porto district is part of “Airbus Atlantic’s strategy to gradually develop a robust and efficient aerostructure manufacturing capability in the north of the country”.
Airbus Atlantic has 13,000 staff in 5 countries and 3 continents and an estimated business volume of around 3.5 billion euros It is ranked as the world’s second-largest manufacturer of aircraft components, No. 1 for pilot seats and ranks among the top 3 for business class and first class passenger seats, marketed under the STELIA Aerospace brand.