QuEST Global acquires Engineering Services division of GKN Aerospace
Written by James   
Friday, 02 December 2011
Bangalore: QuEST Global Engineering has acquired GKN Aerospace Engineering Services and entered into a long-term agreement to provide the engineering skills and resources to support GKN Aerospace’s long term growth strategy.

"This acquisition will enhance our engineering capability close to our customers in Europe. We are very pleased to bring rich engineering talent from UK and Australia as a result of acquiring this asset from GKN,"said Ajit Prabhu, CEO, QuEST Global Engineering. It adds 290 skilled engineering personnel to the 2,800 professionals already employed by QuEST across its 18 global 'delivery centres'.

"QuEST has been supporting GKN for the past several years as a preferred supplier and this move only reinforces our quality of delivery and confidence shown by GKN to our partnership. With this enhanced capability and our low cost centres in India using our unique local-global approach, we will be able to deliver high quality services at optimised costs to our aerospace and defence customers, especially in work streams such as design, stress, concessions, continuous product development and manufacturing engineering," he said.

GKN Aerospace retains over 200 engineers and in so doing GKN will retain and continue to grow the core engineering skills necessary to lead future programmes and technology developments.

"This is a significant step in our strategic development. In forming this relationship with QuEST, we are playing to our mutual strengths. We are confident that QuEST has the necessary focus and critical mass in the engineering services sector to not only grow the existing business but also provide GKN Aerospace with flexible and cost effective access to the engineering skills necessary to support GKN Aerospace’s ambitious growth strategy," said Phil Swash, President and CEO, Aerostructures Europe, GKN Aerospace.

GKN Aerospace Engineering Services has provided skilled, stand-alone engineering support on aerospace and marine projects across military and civil sectors. Customers, including major companies such as AgustaWestland, Airbus, Boeing, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce and Sikorsky, as well as GKN Aerospace, have been assisted with maximising performance in areas such as product development, manufacturing efficiency and life cycle support.

This sale to QuEST creates a powerful engineering specialist operation, able to operate as an effective strategic partner to GKN Aerospace and many other customers worldwide.

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