Diamond Aircraft Group plans to double aircraft production and increase its staff at its facilities in Austria and Canada in 2019 as demand increases, the company said recently.
The news comes a year after Wanfeng Aviation Industry in China acquired Diamond Aircraft Industries in Austria, Diamond Aircraft in Canada and Austro Engine. “We do not see the takeover of Diamond just as an investment opportunity,” said Liqun Zhang, Diamond Aircraft Austria CEO. “We are here for the long term and want to grow Diamond on its existing sites.”
He went on to say that Diamond’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, has been named the global lead and technology center and will be developed further over the coming years. The Austrian manufacturing operation plans to increase production from 90 aircraft to almost 200 a year. This year it also will increase its staff there from more than 600 to 800 due to the production increase.
And the company will be doubling production at its Canadian facility in 2019 to 150 units. That facility, which employs more than 300, plans to hire an additional 100 people this year.
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