Team offers new finishing service
02 Dec 2013
Serco and Cardiff Aviation have teamed up to provide surface finish services for the
aerospace, engineering and automotive sectors.
Operating from a new facility at St Athan, Cardiff Airport Enterprise Park, the enterprise combines
Serco’s experience in the highly specialised military aerospace re-finishing sector with Cardiff
Aviation’s rapidly developing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
The facility at St Athan can spray finish a variety of aircraft panels and component parts, including
flaps, doors, nacelles and interiors, as well as vehicles, ranging from small trucks to large JCBs. The
new service uses high-performance paint finish products and is designed to provide the highest
quality to customers at competitive prices.
The two companies are also exploring further opportunities to deploy their collective experience and
technical expertise to the wider aviation sector and further invest in St Athan, which is within one of
the seven Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zones.
Serco currently provides aircraft, vehicle and component refurbishment services for the Ministry of
Defence at seventeen other sites across the UK.
Karen Smart, Serco’s Director Front Line Command said: “Serco has extensive experience in the
military aerospace re-finishing sector and we have worked with the RAF for many years. This
agreement with Cardiff Aviation means that we can bring that capability and expertise to the commercial aerospace and vehicle markets, whilst also
supporting growth and regeneration in South Wales.”
Mario Fulgoni, Chief Executive of Cardiff Aviation, explained how Serco’s expertise will enhance the Company’s MRO services to the aviation industry: “This
is a great opportunity for us to develop a comprehensive painting capability on-site adjacent to our hangar facility and provide additional services to our MRO
customers, as well as servicing UK aerospace industry needs in this sector. It is the first step towards expanding our painting capability towards spraying
aircraft at Cardiff in the future.”
Cardiff Aviation Limited was established in 2012 by Mario Fulgoni and Bruce Dickinson, commercial pilot and vocalist with rock band Iron Maiden.
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