Airline factory in Ferbane wants to extend premises

Story by Olga Aughey

Thursday, 25th April, 2019 3:48pm

 Airline factory in Ferbane wants to extend premises

Planning permission has been sought for an extension to an existing premises of a company working in the civil aviation field in Offaly

John Odlum has applied to Offaly County Council for permission to construct an extension to the Euram premises in Ferbane.

Birr native John Odlum is behind the successful Euram Factory which specialises in civil aircraft, engine and inventory trading, consignment management and sales.

Based in Ferbane Business and Technology Park on the Ballycumber Road in Aghaboy since 2011, Euram currently employs 13 personnel, but with the expansion to the premises, hope to create a further six jobs.

"The extension is for additional warehouse capacity, and when we hopefully get the green light to go ahead with the extension, we hope to have the warehouse up and running within six months, thereby creating an additional six jobs," John told the Offaly Independent.

"We're on the leasing side of the aerospace industry, but Ireland probably controls 50% of the leased fleet, either through Irish companies or international ones with a foothold in Ireland.

"So it is a valuable industry for Ireland," continues John. "A lot of the sector needs to be beside an airport, but we don't, it would actually be more of a hindrance than a help.

"So when we saw this premises come up for sale, we were happy to here in Ferbane."

When asked about the often talked about "runway for the midlands", John says a rapid rail network between Dublin and the underutilised Shannon Airport would be more advantageous.

"I've heard various hairbrained ideas about a runway for the midlands, but they are just that - hairbrained. Shannon is a totally underutilised facility, and with Dublin's increasing capacity a growing issue, we would be much better served by a rapid rail network between Dublin and Shannon with one or two stops in between.

"If you could get from Dublin to Shannon in 30 - 40 minutes, a rapid rail infrastructure would allow you to bypass the slow security process that we have to contend with in Dublin with more efficiency. It would represent enormous expansion potential for Shannon Airport."

John's company provides a value added asset end-of-life program for aircraft and engine disassembly, component repair, component sales program, and inventory consignment program.

From their purpose-built office, warehouse and engine part centre, they offer customers a turnkey solution to end of life aircraft and engines creating an additional asset revenue stream.

Since inception Euram has forged successful relationships with OEMs, Airlines, MROs and parts companies worldwide.

They offer over 90 years in aviation industry experience and the team credited as one of the most knowledgeable in the industry. Their dedicated team, with their vast technical and sales experience, maintains a 24-hour aircraft-on-ground (AOG) service.

Euram made the application for an extension to their premises on April 17, and a decision from the local authority on June 11.

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