Airborne International acquires Aviation Enterprises Ltd.

UK-based Aviation Enterprises Ltd. specializes in design, development, manufacturing and testing of sub-sea composite structures.

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Airborne International (The Hague, The Netherlands) reports it has acquired 100% of the share capital of Aviation Enterprises Ltd. (AEL, Hungerford, UK). Through this acquisition Airborne strengthens its international position in the composites market for marine structures. AEL, says Airborne, 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, says, “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," says Angus Fleming, founder and managing director of AEL, "will allow AEL to consolidate and complete the comprehensive service which we offer through to industrialization and volume production.”

Airborne International currently employs more than 120 people, adding 15 colleagues with the acquisition of AEL. 

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