MB Aerospace is an international group providing complex engineering solutions in the aerospace market.

MB Aerospace leverages an in-depth knowledge of fabrications, machining and the global supply chain to support complex aero-engine component manufacture and repair.

The business has established a solid reputation within the industry for: new product introduction & production engine component manufacture, legacy and low volume aero-engine, component manufacture, supply chain management and repair.

In 2007 LDC backed the management buyout of the business, which acquired a number of engineering businesses from Scottish industrials manufacturer Motherwell Bridge.

In 2011 the business purchased Detroit-based Gentz Aero and in 2012 Somerset-based Thomson Aero. The deals further enhanced the business’s production capabilities, skilled-labour force and its exposure to the North American aerospace sector, which was a strategic priority. Turnover grew from $28million (2008) to $81million (2012) driven by a combined organic and acquisitive growth strategy.

In 2013 LDC completed its exit of MB Aerospace through a secondary buy-out backed by Arlington Capital Partners. The transaction will provide significant funding for a planned series of acquisitions.

LDC subsequently announced its re-investment in MB Aerospace alongside Arlington to support the acquisition of Delta Industries. Delta expanded the MB Aerospace business to revenues of more than $160million and to 550 employees. It also provided the business with a much larger operational presence in the USA.

In 2015, Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, completed the acquisition of MB Aerospace from Arlington Capital Partners and LDC.

The LDC team has been a real support to us in the last five years as we re-shaped a diverse group of engineering operations through six major transactions to emerge as a dedicated aerospace components business with lines of activity into all key aero-engine OEMs.
Craig Gallagher, Chief Executive, MB Aerospace