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Meggitt PLC is a British-based engineering business specialising in aerospace equipment.
of Bournemouth Airport in Dorset
1964 Willson Lathes acquired Meggitt Engineering and changed its name to Willson-Meggitt Holdings.
1966 Stock market listing
By 1967 was known as Meggitt Holdings, machine tool makers
By 1973 was based in London
1983 acquired by Nigel McCorkell and Ken Coates together with 3i Group in a management buy-in who indicated an intention to revitalise the company by acquisitions.
1986 bought Bestobell, a larger defence, aviation and instrumentation engineering business; BTR supported the bid with 29 percent of the shares in Bestobell, which gave it a substantial holding in Meggitt.
1987 The Negretti Aviation subsidiary won a contract to supply aircrew respirators to the US Marine Corps
1988 Acquired Plastic Fabricating of Wichita, maker of composites, and Ragen Data Systems of Long Island, maker of aerospace instruments; acquired Coltax Aerospace, an aircraft repair and overhaul company, Microsystems Group and KDG Holdings, process control groups
1988 The Aerospace and Defence Division, of Wimborne, included:
1989 Acquired Nacesa, a Spanish electronics components company, which was Europe's only maker of variable resistors
1989 of the 4 divisions of the company, Aerospace was the largest; Controls and Instrumentation was also substantial
Early 1990s - more than 20 non-core businesses were sold.
2007 Meggitt acquired K. and F. Industries, the parent company of the Aircraft Braking Systems Corporation, for circa £930 million.
2010 Meggitt acquired Pacific Scientific Aerospace from Danaher.
2015 Turnover £1.6bn. Employs 12,000 persons worldwide with 3,000 in the UK.