Aeroco Group has grown its business 33% year over year the last three years and is running out of space. To accommodate its growing business—and to add new capabilities--the cabin and cargo component repair company with manufacturing capability plans to double its facilities at Manchester International Airport.
Jonathan Bird, Aeroco’s managing director, tells MRO-Network.com that the company plans to get the keys to its second maintenance facility on Jan. 4 and open the 20,000 sq. ft. facility mid-2018.
Bird says Aeroco, which was formed in 2001, branched out into seat maintenance and gallery overhauls in 2013, then diversified into a wider range of cabin maintenance services—including bins, doors and carpets. Today the company offers a wide range of interior workshop capabilities, interior and exterior decals and placards, paint services and airside cabin support at various airports in the UK.
The expansion over the years has been cautious: “We didn’t want to grow too big or too wide too quickly,” says Bird.
The new facility is being driven by a commitment to its existing customers, ambition to support new ones and airlines’ “increased focus to improve the look and feel of their cabin for passengers,” says Bird. He says the “success of growth of UK airlines, in particular those in the northwest,” contributes to the expansion.
Birds says 60-70% of its 100 employees are engineers or painters.
Once the new facility opens, Bird says it will enable it to add composite repair capabilities, new component repairs and Part 21 G manufacturing.
It customers span airlines, MROs and leasing companies from around the globe.