Arlington Capital Buys MB Aerospace

Arlington Capital Partners has acquired MB Aerospace Holdings. Financial terms were not announced. Management also invested. U.K.-based MB Aerospace provides highly engineered components for the commercial and military aero-engine and industrial gas turbine markets.


Arlington Capital Partners (“Arlington”), a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of MB Aerospace Holdings Limited (“MB Aerospace”), in partnership with the Company’s management team. Headquartered in Motherwell, United Kingdom, MB Aerospace is a leading global provider of highly engineered components for the commercial and military aero-engine and industrial gas turbine markets.

MB Aerospace manufactures complex rings, casings and other engine components for a large and diversified portfolio of aero engine and industrial gas turbine platforms. The Company’s in-depth knowledge of critical manufacturing technologies and global supply chain management allows it to also provide supply chain integration services alongside the manufacture and repair of complex aero-engine components. The Company’s blue-chip customer base includes large OEM’s such as Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, General Electric, Boeing, United Technologies, GKN, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Volvo Aerospace.

“We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Craig Gallagher and the rest of MB Aerospace’s world-class management team,” said Peter Manos, a Managing Partner at Arlington. “This acquisition creates a global platform with a unique focus on providing manufacturing, engineering and supply chain management services for mature and legacy aero-engine platforms, and we believe the Company’s strong growth prospects will be further enhanced with significant acquisitions.”

Craig Gallagher, CEO of MB Aerospace, commented, “Our partnership with Arlington represents a superb fit with our vision of creating a truly world-class aerospace business focused on aero-engine components. Arlington’s global track record in the aerospace and defense sectors will be invaluable as we seek to expand further both organically and through acquisitions. We look forward to leveraging Arlington’s extensive experience and relationships.”

Jesse Liu, a Principal at Arlington said, “Going forward, MB Aerospace is well positioned to lead a consolidation effort in the highly fragmented mature and legacy aero-engine market. The Company’s best-in-class engineering expertise, strong history of past performance and unique market focus enable MB Aerospace to partner with OEM’s to address overall under-performance issues in their supply chains.”

About Arlington Capital Partners

Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm with over $1.5 billion of capital under management focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: aerospace/defense, government services and software, healthcare services, business services, education and training. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.

About MB Aerospace

MB Aerospace is an international aerospace engineering group providing complex engineering solutions to some of the key names in the aerospace and defense market. The group provides an in-depth knowledge of critical manufacturing technologies and the global supply chain management to support complex aero-engine component manufacture and repair. MB Aerospace supports major corporations to address the root causes of under-performance in their extended and fragmented supply chains and helps safe-guard the continuity of supply in challenging circumstances. Under the leadership of CEO Craig Gallagher and senior management, the Company secured strategic remits with a number of key aerospace and defense companies, divested non-core operations and is well positioned to serve all key aero-engine OEM’s globally.