Air Livery Ltd., an Air Works group company, today announced that it has acquired Aero Technique Espace (ATE) a French aircraft painting company. This move will help strengthen Air Livery's market position as a leading provider of painting services to the European commercial and military aircraft market.
ATE is a well established paint application company, painting new aircraft for world class OEMs such as Airbus and ATR at its facilities in Chateauroux and Toulouse in the southern part of France. The company, which employs around 150 people, is a recognized brand within its target market and will continue to retain the "ATE" brand name post acquisition.
Julian Duffen, Managing Director of Air Livery, commented on the acquisition "Having worked as a partner with ATE for fifteen years the acquisition was the next natural evolution in our relationship. Robert Wasilewski, the previous owner, will remain in an advisory position through the transition phase to help integrate ATE seamlessly into the Air Livery network"
According to Mr. Vivek N Gour, CEO, Air Works, "ATE is a strategic acquisition for Air Works. It will provide Air Livery not only access to world class hangar facilities in Europe, but also add green aircraft painting to its portfolio of services. ATE is a qualified vendor for green aircraft painting for Airbus and ATR. We hope to further develop on these relationships and increase our service footprint with both OEMs"
Paul Woods, Sales and Marketing Director Air Works and Air Livery added: "Air Livery and ATE will develop Chateauroux as a strategic location for both green aircraft painting and repainting services. Chateauroux is well placed centrally in France offering many European and North African customers an ideal location thus reducing ferry costs and downtime."
Christian Lalane, who has now taken over as the Managing Director, ATE, added: "The recent modernization of the complete Chateauroux site now offers a state-of-the-art, environmentally compliant wide body and narrow body aircraft facility for our customers. Our capabilities include 2 x A330/340 bays, 1 x A320/757, 1 X ATR/Challenger bay at Chateauroux and 2 x A320, 1 X ATR at Toulouse."