AJW Sets Up European MRO Facility After Avia Acquisition

AJW's European MRO hub will initially specialize in the repair of batteries used on commercial aircraft types.
Credit: AJW Group

UK-based components specialist AJW Group has completed the buyout of Avia Components Services to establish a European in-house MRO facility located near London Gatwick Airport.

The MRO, based at the Slinfold, West Sussex headquarters of AJW Group, will operate as AJW Technique Europe, taking on similar branding to that of its AJW Technique counterpart in Montreal which has served as AJW’s main component repair hub since 2012.

AJW Technique Europe will take on Avia’s specialism in battery repair, initially for commercial aircraft main, auxiliary and emergency power supplies. Offerings will include deep cycle, top charge, cleaning, re-blocking, regular service, overhaul, test and recertification.

In a statement released Thursday (Sept. 9), AJW says it will utilize the pre-existing skills and certified technicians at Avia to provide a seamless service. Sajedah Rustom, CEO of AJW Technique, said the company will look to deliver innovative repair services and solutions on the doorstep of European carriers.

AJW’s acquisition follows a string of moves over the past 18 months designed to engineer growth. Despite the pandemic, the company has launched new ventures including an online parts store in 2019 and, this year, formed a component support partnership with MENA Aerospace in the Middle East and a link up with New York-based Arena Investors for a JV focused on selective acquisitions of commercial aircraft, engines and components.

James Pozzi

As Aviation Week's MRO Editor EMEA, James Pozzi covers the latest industry news from the European region and beyond. He also writes in-depth features on the commercial aftermarket for Inside MRO.