Panasonic Avionics, a provider of in-flight entertainment and communications systems and a subsidiary of global technology giant Panasonic, has expanded its Dundalk site with an estimated investment of over €20 million.
The company will double its workforce by hiring an additional 30 people at its facility in the town of Co Louth. It has added 500 units to its 23,000 square foot maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.
Tom Eskola, vice president and general manager of Panasonic Technical Services, said the company currently employs 28 people in Dundalk, with a further 30 expected to join “over time”.
“Dundalk is an attractive location with a rich pool of skilled labour. They have skills within what we do at the repair center.
“It is a long-term facility that we are aiming for in Dundalk and will be one of our leading repair centres.”
Eskola said most of the jobs would be skilled labour, and there are plans to also hire customs brokers to help move supplies in and out of the country.
We see an increase in the number of aircraft coming back into service every week and month
After the Covid-19 pandemic hit the aviation sector, Eskola said the company was starting to see a recovery.
“People are ready to travel again,” he said.
“When the airlines ramped up to fill capacities, we supported each other a lot. We are on an uptrend for my part of the business which is aftermarket support.
“We’re seeing an increase in the number of aircraft coming back into service every week and month,” Eskola added.
Opened in 2019, the Dundalk facility is operated by Panasonic Technical Services (PTS), a division of Panasonic Avionics.
Dundalk provides repairs, line maintenance, parts supply, technical services and training to customers across the EMEA region, with the investment supported by IDA.
The Dundalk site is one of 10 PTS sites in Europe.
https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/people-are-willing-to-travel-again-inflight-entertainment-firm-panasonic-avionics-to-double-staff-at-dundalk-site-42068177.html “People are ready to travel again” – inflight entertainment company Panasonic Avionics is doubling its workforce at its Dundalk site