Airborne acquires Aviation Enterprises Limited


The Hague, January 25th, 2016 – The Netherlands-based Airborne International is pleased to announce the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Aviation Enterprises Limited based in the United Kingdom. Through this acquisition Airborne strengthens its international position in the composites market for Marine structures. AEL has a strong network in the UK, as well as extensive technical expertise and a solid Intellectual Property portfolio in the field of Marine Composites.

Arno van Mourik, Founder and CEO of Airborne International, comments on the acquisition: “Airborne has been successfully working together with Aviation Enterprises Limited on several projects in the marine market over the last two years. We are impressed by the expertise and dedication of AEL’s team. Our close cooperation led to a major achievement in 2014 – the successful award of the contract to design and manufacture tidal blades for the Raz Blanchard pilot tidal farm, for which General Electric Renewable Energy (formerly known as Alstom Ocean Energy) will deliver several tidal turbines in 2017. With the acquisition of AEL by Airborne, AEL’s application know how and IP for tidal blades as well as its strong network in the Marine market in the UK will be combined with Airborne’s networks and capabilities to industrialize production.

“Combining our 20 year experience with composites development and subsea structures in particular, with Airborne’s industrialization agenda, will allow AEL to “consolidate and complete the comprehensive service which we offer through to industrialization and volume production” said Angus Fleming, Founder and MD of Aviation Enterprises Limited .

Airborne International currently employs more than 120 highly-skilled people, adding 15 experienced colleagues with the acquisition of AEL. Customers of Airborne include directly and indirectly companies such as GE, Alstom and Airbus.

About Airborne International

Airborne International provides advanced composite solutions for industrial market leaders in the Aerospace, Defense, and Marine industry. Our goal is to assist and enable our customers to reach new frontiers. As a preferred supplier we design, develop, qualify, manufacture and perform maintenance on composite products for the most demanding applications. Airborne has all the engineering capabilities and manufacturing processes available in-house to bring challenging product ideas with a high market potential to a series-manufactured product in a partnership. In addition to the design and manufacture of composite products, Airborne develops and builds bespoke machines, with the capability to automate manufacturing of composites structures at competitive price levels for a number of industries worldwide.

About Aviation Enterprises Limited

Aviation Enterprises Limited has world leading experience in sub-sea composite structures. AEL offers a single source from customer concept through structural design, prototyping, testing, tooling, manufacture and certification. This is underpinned by a significant investment in our R&D base and advanced in house production capabilities.

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