Ground broken on AIM Altitude’s new facility at Bournemouth
AIM Altitude has broken ground on its development of significant new facilities in Bournemouth. An £11 million (US$17.5 million) investment will see the construction of a purpose-built 168,000 square-metre facility for AIM Altitude on the Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport.
The new facility will consolidate AIM Altitude’s numerous Bournemouth-based premises into one building, providing 30% additional capacity for the design, engineering and manufacture of aircraft cabin interiors. This development at Bournemouth has been preceded by substantial investment at AIM Altitude’s Byfleet facility and follows the company’s overall plans for growth, in line with the expansion of the commercial aviation market as a whole.
“The new facility will help us to meet the increasing demand for premium aircraft bars and monuments. We will be expanding our manufacturing and testing capabilities, to allow for growth, as well as increasing office space. We will also have a dedicated Customer Zone for existing and prospective customers to view full-size mock-ups of interiors and styling options, whilst maintaining the vital confidentiality of design,” said Colin Thornton, managing director of the Cabin Interiors division at AIM Altitude.
The manufacturing space will be established following LEAN principles and, having the whole team and process under one roof will greatly enhance AIM Altitude’s ability to meet customer demands for reduced time-to-market and best value.