An interesting move by Bombardier. By offering both sites for sale with standing contracts to supply existing Bombardier lines they are essentially saying 'we want to continue using these facilities but no longer want the responsibility of managing them'. Short Bros and MASC take a lot of close management to keep them on track, far more than any other Bombardier sites, so I can see the sense in offloading them while retaining their capacity as primary subcontractors.
For the right company there's a really good deal available here, but they will need to have/bring in some very specific management skills to keep both sites/either site functioning, particularly with regards to knowledge of local politics and the particular challenges of each workforce.
ShanwickOceanic wrote:also its operation in Morocco, which I didn't even know they had.
Some years ago Morocco struck a deal with the EU on borderless movement of produce, largely fruit and peppers. In return they were helped to build a small number of enterprise zones where manufacturing & tech companies would be allowed to trade as if they were inside an EU member country. Bombardier built their own site in one such zone and helped some of their own subcontractors set up there, taking advantage of a large investment by the Moroccan government in engineering training. In all likelihood one of the existing Bombardier subcontractors will take the Casablanca site as two of them are literally next door, both large subcontractors are about at capacity and they have the local knowledge required to make the site work.
A million great ideas...