Bombardier has opened a £6 million ($9.5million) joint venture composite research centre in Belfast, together with local universities and government authorities.
The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE), located near the city's airport, was built with funding from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Invest Northern Ireland and the Canadian airframer.
The 3,700m² (39,826ft²) facility will be jointly operated by the University of Ulster and Queen's University, who also co-own the site, to develop future composite construction and manufacturing techniques.
Bombardier manufactures the composite wing of the CSeries narrowbody as well as wing skins and spars for the Learjet 85 business jet in Belfast.
Vince Cable, the UK's secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, said that NIACE is part of a national network of composites research facilities meant to bring together academia with commercial companies to "design and rapid manufacture high-quality composite products".