MB Aerospace buys Polish coatings firm

MB Aerospace CEO Craig Gallagher
MB Aerospace CEO Craig Gallagher

Motherwell-based engineering group MB Aerospace has completed the acquisition of Polish firm Vac Aero.

Vac Aero, which employs over 100 people at two sites in Kalisz and Rzeszow, specializes in providing protective and performance enhancing coatings for aero-engine and industrial gas turbine components.

It will remain at its two current sites and will be immediately rebranded as MB Aerospace Technologies (Poland) to support the existing customer base and growing aerospace market in Eastern Europe.

The deal brings the number of people employed by MB Aerospace in the UK, USA and Poland to over 1,500.

Craig Gallagher, MB Aerospace chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to acquire the Polish operations of Vac-Aero as its extensive range of capabilities and skilled employees will help us broaden our offering to existing customers and the expanding aerospace market in Poland and the surrounding industrial areas of western and eastern Europe.”

Dave Farmery, managing director of MB Aerospace Poland, added: “We have inherited a well-established and respected business in Poland with highly skilled employees and a wide range of customer approvals.

“Working closely with the existing team, we will invest heavily to provide the local market with the capabilities and capacity required to ensure customers continue to receive a world-class service.”