Netherlands-based Airborne International has acquired 100% of Aviation Enterprises Limited (AEL), based in the United Kingdom.

AEL has a strong network in the UK, as well as technical expertise and a solid intellectual property portfolio in the field of marine composites, Airborne says, allowing it to strengthens its international position in the composites market for marine structures.

‘Airborne has been successfully working together with Aviation Enterprises Limited on several projects in the marine market over the last two years,’ said Arno van Mourik, founder and CEO of Airborne International. ‘We are impressed by the expertise and dedication of AEL’s team.’

In 2014, the companies were awarded a contract to design and manufacture tidal blades for the Raz Blanchard pilot tidal farm, for which General Electric Renewable Energy (formerly known as Alstom Ocean Energy) will deliver several tidal turbines in 2017. ‘With the acquisition of AEL by Airborne, AEL’s application know how and IP for tidal blades as well as its strong network in the marine market in the UK will be combined with Airborne’s networks and capabilities to industrialize production,’ van Mourik continued.

‘Combining our 20 year experience with composites development and subsea structures in particular, with Airborne’s industrialization agenda, will allow AEL to consolidate and complete the comprehensive service which we offer through to industrialization and volume production,’ added Angus Fleming, founder and MD of Aviation Enterprises Limited.

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