Gardner Aerospace Announces Acquisition of FDM Digital Solutions Limited and Creation of Gardner Technology Centre


Derby, UK. 29 November 2019: Gardner Aerospace is delighted to announce the acquisition of FDM Digital Solutions Limited (“FDM”).  Formed in 2012 by Graeme Bond, Burnley based FDM is at the forefront of 3D printing and has grown to become one of the UK’s leading polymer additive layer manufacturers.

FDM’s business model of customer collaboration and innovative design solutions, aligned with extensive manufacturing capability, has proven to be successful in the automotive, medical, motorsport, F1 and aerospace industries.

Going forward, the business will become part of the Gardner Technology Centre, a newly created business unit focused on advanced technology, innovative solutions and research and development.

Dominic Cartwright, Chief Executive Officer at Gardner Aerospace, says:

“Gardner Aerospace is breaking new ground in terms of technology. The acquisition of FDM and the creation of our new Technology Centre business unit provides us with the perfect opportunity to expand our technical knowledge, R&D capability and product offering, and aligns us with our customers’ growing expectations on innovative solutions, continuous improvement and cost competitiveness. 

“The role of 3D printing within manufacturing is constantly expanding and this newly acquired additive layer manufacturing capability complements Gardner’s long-standing capabilities as a producer of metallic detailed parts and sub-assemblies.” 

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About Gardner Aerospace

Gardner Aerospace is a global manufacturer with local capability, providing the aerospace industry with a flexible and resilient supply of high-quality detailed parts. Gardner Aerospace’s expertise in global logistics shortens supply chains and maximises efficiencies.

Providing customers with a global network of best practice manufacturing facilities, Gardner Aerospace serves key aerospace OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers including Airbus, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Embraer, Rolls-Royce, GKN, Collins Aerospace and Safran. By combining a broad scope of technologies, first-class knowledge of manufacturing processes and an investment in people, Gardner Aerospace has emerged as a highly competitive player in the global aerospace industry, powering the critical production lines of its customers.

With annual revenues now exceeding $300million, the company employs more than 2,200 people worldwide and was acquired by Chinese firm Ligeance Aerospace Technologies (LAT), formerly Shaanxi Ligeance Mineral Resources (SLMR), in June 2017.

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