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‘Metallic parts manufacturer Gardner Aerospace is implementing ambitious plans for the future – all while maintaining its unrivalled level of service’


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Airbus D2P Award 2018

Gardner Aerospace has received an award from Airbus, confirming its position as one of Airbus’ top strategic suppliers of Detail Parts in 2018.

Since 2017, Airbus have consolidated their Detail Parts supply chain from 130 to 80 strategic suppliers.  At the event held in Toulouse in December 2018, Airbus announced a new category for the top 8 performing Detail Parts suppliers in 2018.  We were delighted that Gardner Aerospace was announced as one of their 8 top suppliers and categorised as a D2P Class B Global Partner. This award recognises all of the hard work that has been carried out across the whole of company during 2018 and is a reflection of the confidence that Airbus has in our business going forward.




Derby, UK, 24 July 2018: Gardner Aerospace, one of Europe’s largest suppliers of aerospace detailed parts and sub-assemblies, is announcing the acquisition of precision machined parts manufacturer, Northern Aerospace Ltd.

Nick Sanders, Executive Chairman, Gardner Aerospace, says: “Since our acquisition in 2017 by Chinese firm SLMR we have implemented a strategy of organic and acquisitive growth. The acquisition of Northern Aerospace, following approval by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the CMA, brings a substantial “very large” machining capability to the Gardner product portfolio, providing us with a perfect opportunity to extend and complement the offerings of both businesses worldwide.

“The coming together of these two companies creates a business with revenues in excess of USD300m and moves us nicely along our path to becoming a global top-five aerospace detailed parts manufacturing company by 2022. The existing Northern Aerospace management team remains and will add considerable value as we look to grow even further into new geographical territories and product sectors.”

The expanded organisation will allow Gardner, an Airbus-declared long-term detailed parts supplier, to offer its customers a much broader product and service offering, permitting the company to further aggregate commodities and increase its capacity in making parts of various complexity and size in best cost locations and close to an increasing number of points of use.

This acquisition follows the announcement that Gardner is building a new 45,000sqm manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China. This factory will replicate the company’s European offering to the domestic Chinese aerospace market, ensuring high quality products for OEMs and Tier 1 design and build companies located in China and Asia-Pacific.


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About Gardner Aerospace

Gardner Aerospace is a leading international manufacturer of aerospace finished components, comprising simple to highly complex and small to very large machined and sheet metal fabricated detailed parts, with substantial speed shop, assembly and kitting capabilities. The company was acquired by Chinese firm Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources (SLMR) in June 2017.

Gardner Aerospace serves key aerospace OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers including Airbus, Embraer, Gulfstream, Pilatus, Spirit, GKN, Stelia Aerospace, Ruag and Safran and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. It is committed to manufacturing excellence, with 17 world-class facilities in the UK, France, Poland, India, and soon to come China, providing customers with the advantages of a high-quality and substantial internal low-cost supply chain through a single point of access.

With annual revenues now exceeding $300 million, the company is financially strong with excellent growth opportunities putting Gardner Aerospace in the enviable position to enter new geographic and product markets.

20 June 2018

Proposed Acquisition of Northern Aerospace Limited

Following our announcement dated 08 June 2018 about the proposed acquisition of Northern Aerospace Limited (NAL) by Gardner Aerospace, the UK Government has now notified us that they would like to consult with us and the other parties on the proposed acquisition. Accordingly, we believe that this will introduce a delay into the acquisition process.

Gardner Aerospace will cooperate fully with the UK Government to address any concerns they may have.

Further updates and announcements will be made in due course as appropriate.

NAL is headquartered in Consett in the United Kingdom. It operates across four sites in the United Kingdom and two in Poland. The company employs around 550 people.

NAL are manufactures of small to large metallic component parts for the Aerospace industry. The majority of these parts are classed as “Long Bed” parts many of which are in excess of 10 meters long.

Nick Sanders

Executive Chairman

For & On Behalf of

Gardner Aerospace Holdings Limited

08 June 2018


The board of Gardner Aerospace Holdings Limited (Gardner Aerospace) notes the announcements made today by Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources Co. Ltd & Better Capital PCC Limited regarding a proposed transaction whereby Gardner Aerospace will acquire 100% of the equity of Northern Aerospace Limited.

As the proposed transaction is still conditional on certain conditions and approvals being met, the board will not be making any further comment at this time.

Further announcements will be made in due course and as appropriate.


Nick Sanders


Executive Chairman

For & On Behalf of

Gardner Aerospace Holdings Limited

Mr Cao Jianguo, Chairman of AECC at Gardner Aerospace Derby

Derby, 12 July 2017 – The Gardner Executive Management team were very proud to host a visit to Gardner Aerospace Derby yesterday by Mr Cao Jianguo the Chairman of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) and nine of his colleagues. The visit of such an important team was inspired by the recent acquisition of Gardner by SLMR and is a clear sign that the Chinese aerospace industry is very interested in the mutual benefits that will derive our recent deal.

During the visit the Gardner team gave the esteemed visitors an overview of the Gardner business and described its plans for establishing an aerospace Aerostructure, Engine and Equipment components manufacturing operation in Chengdu. The visit concluded with an agreement that follow up more detailed meetings would take place in China in the near future.

AECC is a Chinese corporation which is focused on Aeroengine and related technology development. The company was founded on August 28, 2016 and consists of 46 affiliate companies, including 22 engine companies, several institutes, 3 Aeroengine-repair factories and several other smaller companies. The majority of these affiliate companies were formerly part of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). AVIC along with COMAC (producer of the ARJ21 and C919) are both shareholders in AECC. AECC employs close to 100,000 members of staff. The meeting was a very welcome first step in establishing a relationship between AECC and Gardner.

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Derby Headquartered Gardner Aerospace sold to Chinese SLMR

Derby, 13th June 2017 – Further to the announcement made on 17th November 2016, I am delighted to announce that the sale of Gardner Aerospace Holdings Ltd to Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources Co Ltd (SLMR) has been completed today.

This marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Gardner Aerospace’s history.

The business has grown significantly in recent years, thanks to our focus on excellent customer service. Under the ownership of SLMR we now have the opportunity to accelerate that growth and expand both our geographic and product reach.

Our thanks go to the whole Gardner team, who have worked tirelessly to make this growth happen and to Better Capital for its investment, encouragement and support over the last seven years.

Gardner Aerospace Belesta has been fully refurbished

Gardner Aerospace is welcoming the guests to the grand opening

Belesta, September 19th, 2016 – Gardner Aerospace, a leading international manufacturer of aerospace components, is rolling open the doors to its newly refurbished facility in Belesta, France, as part of its group-wide commitment to supporting the aerospace industry, which calls for fewer, stronger, global suppliers.

The site remained fully operational during the renovations and customers now benefit from increased manufacturing efficiencies owed to a new layout of the workshop floor, modelled on Gardner’s group wide standard approach to its global operations. The external and internal improvements secured industry-leading ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 certification in early April. The standards are a cornerstone of Gardner’s growth strategy, ensuring the highest levels of occupational health and safety throughout its facilities worldwide.

Christian Perichon, deputy CEO and President of the French operations of Gardner Group, says: “Gardner’s significant investments in world-class facilities and machinery are designed to keep us at the forefront of the aerospace manufacturing industry, which is not only important for our customers but also for attracting, retaining and developing the best talent in the industry. Ultimately, we want the best team that shares the company’s future direction and success, serving customers to the highest standard.”

“This extensive refurbishment is testament to Belesta’s success in retaining and winning new work packages year-on-year and our commitment to looking after the health and safety of our employees. Employee welfare is pivotal to Gardner Aerospace’s success and gaining ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 is a superb result for our team.”

Nick Sander, Executive Chairman, welcoming the guests

Nick Sanders, Executive Chairman, celebrating this important achievement

Gardner Belesta is the company’s second largest site in France, covering 3,200 m². It became part of the Group in 2012 when Gardner Group Limited acquired the French aerospace group, Airia SAS (“Airia”), increasing Gardner’s physical footprint in the highly important French aerospace industry. The Gardner Aerospace Belesta site supplies metallic detailed parts (long bed and hard metal machined parts) to major French aerospace customers like Aubert & Duval and non-aerospace customers like Cameron, SNCF and EDF.

Gardner Aerospace, a leading international manufacturer of aerospace components, is celebrating achieving ISO 14001/OHSAS 18001 certification in all of its 10 facilities worldwide.

Gardner’s Belesta facility in France was the lateOHSAS18001 / ISO14001st to achieve ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards, rounding-off Gardner’s worldwide certification programme. This has been accomplished due to a group-wide commitment to maintaining the highest standards of occupational health and safety.

Employee welfare is essential to Gardner’s success and achieving these standards, which are internationally recognised systematic approaches to maintaining health and safety in the workplace, is testament to the group’s dedication to upholding best practice across its global operations.

Dave Carnichan, director of business excellence, says: “Gardner is committed to excellence in all activities and best practice in health and safety underpins everything we do. The standards ensure employee participation in hazard/risk analysis for OHSAS 18001 and aspect/impact analysis for ISO 14001, determining controls, incident investigations, and development and review of policies and objectives. Involvement is critical for our employees to develop an indepth understanding of a safe manufacturing environment and to demonstrate how we can all work together to create excellent working conditions.”