Aerolia (Toulouse, France) and Sogerma (Mérignac, France), wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Airbus Group (Toulouse, France), have announced their merger into Stelia Aerospace (Mérignac, France), the #3 aerostructures group worldwide and leader in Europe. With a turnover of 1.65 billion euros and 6,100 employees worldwide, Stelia’s major strategic areas will also include business class and first class passenger seats – where it reportedly also ranks #3 worldwide — and pilot seats, for which Stelia shares global leadership with Zodiac Aerospace (Plaisir, France). The merger is scheduled to be effective January 1, 2015.
Stelia claims its strategy is to reinforce its global position in all its fields, enabling the increasing production rates of its main customer Airbus and strongly developing its activities with other aircraft manufacturers and airlines. The new company claims it will have a diversified customer portfolio in rapidly-growing markets (72% Airbus, 28% other aircraft manufacturers such as Bombardier and airlines) with 4,500 employees in France on production sites equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a design office with some 500 engineers. The new entity will also have two industrial sites in North America with a total of more than 500 employees which will be strategic bases for development with North American customers. It will also have strong bases to foster its competitiveness in North Africa, with more than 1,000 employees there.
"By creating Stelia Aerospace, Aerolia and Sogerma are proud to unite their ambitions at the service of their historical customers as well as new ones, the trust of which they will endeavor to gain. With St, its teams and businesses, a new page of aeronautics is opening today", said Aerolia CEO Cédric Gautier and Sogerma CEO Jean-Michel Léonard.