Hardide Aerospace Coatings, a provider of surface coating technology, has appointed Stewart Gibson as business development manager to help improve the company’s global sales activity in the civil and military aerospace sectors.

 Gibson has more than 30 years of experience within the advanced surface coatings industry, with  in-depth knowledge of the aerospace sector and extensive commercial and technical expertise.

 He joins from Castolin Eutectic, part of Messer Group, where he was global coatings manager with responsibilities that included customer and product diversification. Before that, Stewart held senior operational and sales positions in Bodycote Surface Technology, Renold Power Transmission, Vickers Engineering, Praxair and Hawker Siddeley Group. 

Drive growth

 ‘Stewart brings a weighty combination of high technology surface coatings and aerospace sector experience together with excellent global industry contacts,’ said Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide plc. ‘We welcome him as a strong addition to our business development team as we drive our growth and expansion in the aerospace sector.’

 Hardide Coatings is currently in the final stages of a coating qualification programme with Airbus and is in a development programme with AgustaWestland.  It is working towards global aerospace Nadcap accreditation and expects to apply for final certification under this scheme before the end of 2015.

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