Thompson Aero

A world-class dynamic test facility

Opening Autumn 2023

A major investment that will catapult Thompson Aero Seating into a new era of development, innovation and sustainability.

World-class testing capability on the doorstep

The dynamic test facility will provide Thompson with the capability to certify new products for airworthiness and to carry out pioneering research and development work, without ever leaving the factory.

Innovation and Agility

In-house dynamic testing capability means greater opportunities for innovation. Designs can be optimised to feed innovation, reduce weight, and improve sustainability. Immediate access to the facility will also cut lead times.


Research, development and innovation allow for weight reduction and a reduced carbon footprint of the seats in flight. On-site testing results in a dramatic reduction in shipping and travel to overseas facilities.

Closer to home

Currently, there is no dynamic test facility on the island of Ireland, with the nearest appropriate options being in Europe and North America.

Funding and Support

AVIC Cabin Systems, Invest Northern Ireland, Ladders, Local council

Supported by local MPs, Councillors, Sharing in Growth, and business leaders

Latest Progress

Building works have already begun at the brownfield site in Banbridge, County Down, and are planned to complete in Spring 2023, with the test equipment to be installed in the Summer and testing due to begin from Autumn 2023.