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2/5/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Airborne seeks to expand digital manufacturing and automation in U.K. and Irish market

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Name change of Aviation Enterprises Ltd. to Airborne UK reflects further integration into Airborne Group and a focus on expanding opportunities in the U.K. and Irish advanced composites market.

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Aviation Enterprises Ltd. (AEL, Hungerford, U.K.) announced Feb. 2 the company name change to Airborne UK AEL was acquired in 2015 by Airborne (The Hague, the Netherlands), technology leader in the digital manufacturing of advanced composite products. The change follows the Airborne Group’s investment in 2018 in an additional 1,000 m2 of production space. 

Airborne UK says it is building on its experience with tidal turbine blades, propellers and ship-mounted structures, and is diversifying into new markets where the application of automation and digitalization is needed to drive down the cost of composite components. The company continues to offer structural engineering, tooling and fixture design, integrated design for manufacture, design for automation, prototypes and production parts. 

Airborne Group says it supports the close collaboration between all business units and is giving Airborne UK access to the full range of automation solutions for the U.K. and Ireland market, including Automated Tape Laying (ATL), kitting, potting and end-to-end solutions. 

Joe Summers, managing director at Airborne UK, says, “Our renaming symbolizes the intent of the Airborne Group and our joint ambitions in the U.K. market,” says Joe Summers, managing director at Airborne UK. “We look forward to growing all aspects of the business, and are actively seeking new clients for engineering, prototyping and automation solutions.”

Arno van Mourik, CEO of Airborne adds, “The digital agenda of the Airborne Group focuses on smart manufacturing and smart solutions in the field of advanced composites. This agenda will also support our U.K. customers to radically cut cost and improve their time to market drastically. To create new opportunities in the U.K. and Irish market for all services in our digital portfolio, a further integration of our knowledge on digital manufacturing, machine learning and the in-depth knowledge of Airborne UK in structural engineering, is of the essence.”

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