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Business Focus Article: The Reliable Breakthrough – NP Aerospace

May 16, 2024

Every time we talk to NP Aerospace, they have been up to something new. It is two years since we last profiled the company, and once again, it has been busy. When we last looked at the company it had 140 employees, when we speak with them today, they have hired more than 275 people. The company has experienced a fourfold increase in turnover since 2018, and that pattern of growth is expected to continue through new global contracts including the USA and Canada.

This growth has led to a major restructuring of the business into two units. The first is NP Aerospace’s Vehicles Systems, Services and Spares Business Unit, headed by Managing Director & SVP David Petheram. The second is NP Aerospace’s Composites & Armour Systems Business Unit, led by Managing Director & SVP Peter Hardisty.


The engine that NP Aerospace runs on is innovation. The key to its success is ensuring that this innovation is directed to where it is needed. “Via our PMETS Protected Mobility Engineering & Technical Support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, we open our door to any company that has an innovative technology that can benefit defence customers,” Petheram says. These innovations are many and varied, ranging from 3D-printed metal components to cross-country suspension systems, autonomous vehicles, and hybrid electric drive. By setting itself up as a liaison between innovative suppliers and defence organisations such as the MOD, NP Aerospace plays a vital role as an Independent Design Authority for the defence sector.

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