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.”
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.