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.