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Ronaldsway Aircraft Company has taken delivery of a new £400,000 machine that could help propel the manufacturing business to new levels of success. Some of the company’s 250 staff are now being trained on the huge milling and turning machine made by Japanese firm Mazak.

Mr Brown told Business News the new machine was bought because "We are a growing business, our order book is growing and we need additional capacity and it is a very capable machine. It is the first part of a phased programme of increased capital investment in the business. Essentially the machine will do some of  the more complex parts for some of our existing customers plus some of the new work that we are quoting for at the moment and new work that we have won".

 "We are continually investing in people and technologies so that we can service both our current and potential customers now…

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With a history dating back more than six decades, Ronaldsway Aircraft Company Ltd offers a complete supply chain solution in the provision of components and services to the aerospace industry.

Operating from its original base located on the Isle of Man, situated next to the island’s Ronaldsway Airport, Ronaldsway Aircraft Company Ltd (RAC) operates as a world-class manufacturer of high-precision machined details and aircraft sub-assemblies. The company was founded in 1955 and during more than 60 years in operation has established a firm reputation as an innovative solution provider for clients with complex manufacturing and assembly requirements. Throughout this period RAC has driven forward with its continuous development and improvement culture, which has enabled the company to achieve some notable milestones during its history. These include the development of a unique ‘cradle to grave’ facility that provides the basis of an extensive range of manufacturing solutions comprised of aerospace component…

News big-hearted workers donate to charity out of pay packets


Workers at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company have generously given £37,500 from their salaries to good causes over the years.

The cash from their pay packets has been donated to a wide range of local island based groups.

The company at Ballasalla recently reformed it charity committee which was originally launched in September 1992.

For 2015 the committee decided to make donations of £250 each to the following good causes: IOM Hospice, Rebecca House, Crossroads, Bridge the Gap and Malew Scouts.

The art of keeping older aircraft flying


Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Ronaldsway Aircraft Company managing director Nigel Brown looks at the supply chain issues in being able to respond to demand for ‘older’ spares and repairs.

The ‘spares and repairs’ supply chain will become significant revenue generator for the aerospace industry in the next few years. The continuing growth in air travel and the extension of aircraft life will inevitably lead to more aircraft flying for longer. Consequently the industry will need suppliers that can manufacture complex components in very small volumes. But will this create issues for the supply chain?

The larger component suppliers have focused on delivering the most cost effective solutions for the production volumes of a given component. This has been instrumental in driving new manufacturing technology and quite often a high degree of automation. Supplying spares when the component is still in manufacture is not the issue; the real…

Jobs are secured in 8.2m contracts


A company has scooped contracts worth £8.2million, securing scores of jobs on the island.

Ronaldsway Aircraft Company has clinched a deal worth £1.2 million over 3 years to supply precision components to French aviation giant Dsault. The parts will be used on the Rafale fighter aircraft. The Ballasalla business is about to sign an extension to a current contract worth around £7 million over five years to supply a major aircraft engine manufacturer based in Poland.

Managing director Nigel Brown said that the company hopes to complete a deal to supply parts to an American subsidiary of a major UK firm.

Adrian Moore, chairman of the Isle of Man’s Aerospace Cluster which embraces 22 companies employing around 1,000 skilled staff, said: “it’s fantastic news for business and for the Isle of Man.”

He added the cluster was now a key part of the UK supply chain. Island firms…

Apprentices are taken on at factory


Four new apprentices have been making a name for themselves after being taken on to work full time at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company.

They have been joined by award –winning school leaver, Joe Harrision, who has been taken on for the summer to tackle design work before hopefully heading for university. The four apprentices, John Sheppard, Jordan Walker, Nathan Teare and Reuben Rice, were taken on after graduating from the foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering at Hills Meadow in Douglas.

Colin Bagshaw, human resources officer at the Ballasalla business, which is part of the RLC Engineering Group, told the Business News that he has been looking after apprentices since 1985 and he was most impressed with the new intake.

Mr Bagshaw told Business News: “We wanted people to come out of the course and hit the ground, not necessarily running, but at least a fast walk.

We have taken on four…

Exciting new era and more jobs for the island manufacturing firm


Awarded silver standard in the investors in people scheme.

Exciting times are ahead at Ronaldsway Aircraft Company with at least 10 more jobs being taken on and a new managing director at the helm.

“This company means business, “said new boss Nigel Brown.

He is keen to promote a new era for the proud island company which has a great history of providing parts for the aircraft industry.

Hot off the press is also the news that company has just scooped a silver award in the investors in people scheme.

Mr Brown said “it’s a significant achievement which puts Ronaldsway in the top 12 per cent of accredited companies in the British Isles.

Business news caught up with Mr Brown in his office at the long-established Ballasalla business which is a leading player in the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster.

He’s a firm believer in straight talking and does…

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