Meggitt Safety Systems – Over 1 Billion Hours of Worry Free Safety

Posted on November 10, 2014 linda strong aviation manufacturer

Meggitt was established in the 1940’s as Wilson Lathes then in 1964 they acquired an engineering business known as Meggitt. As a result Wilson Lathes changed their name to Meggitt Holdings. Through a management buy-in 3i Group acquired Meggitt with the plan to build a diverse international engineering company that specializes in the aerospace, controls, electronics and energy industries.In the early 2000’s Meggitt began a series of acquisitions to enhance its core business.
In 2004 Dunlop Standard Aerospace Group was acquired for a little over $1.1 billion. K&F Industries was acquired in 2007 for around $1.5 billion. Next Pacific Scientific Aerospace was acquired from Danaher in 2010. Then in 2013 PiezoTech LLC was purchased by Meggitt. More than 5,000 people are employed in over 30 countries.As of 2013 Meggitt recorded roughly $2.7 billion in revenue. With over 35 years of experience Meggitt Safety Systems has manufacture over 720,000 pneumatic fire detectors. The systems are used for commercial, military, and general aviation applications. Major manufacturers who utilize the systems include Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus, Embraer, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Beechcraft, Cessna, Augusta, DeHavilland, Gulfstream, and Apache. In over one billion hours of total flight time Meggitt detectors have never missed a true fire warning. 85 percent of civilian aircraft and over 50 percent of military aircraft utilize Meggitt fire protection and safety systems. For Navel applications Meggitt offers a variety of fire detection options. They offer infrared flame detectors, optical smoke detectors, ionization smoke detectors, heat detectors, engine fire and overheat detectors, and high temp cables for extreme environments. Meggitt also designs and manufactures information and power transmission cables for extreme environment platforms including aircraft, ships, radars, power plants and spacecraft. The high performance cables are capable of operating in temperatures ranging from -271 degrees Celsius to over 1300 degrees Celsius. In spite of weighing 85 percent less than typical cables they provide up to 500 pounds of tensile strength. Another feature they offer is a vibration resistance of 45g on earth and 110g in space. Cables are offered in a variety of configurations including coaxial, triaxial, thermocouple, multi-conductor, multi-pin connectors, hermetic connectors, and hermetic coaxial connectors. ASAP Semiconductor specializes in distributing parts for all your aviation needs, including parts required for products by Meggitt Safety Systems and all its subsidiaries. Please look through our aviation-specific website Aviation Sourcing Solutions ( to browse our selection or contact us at for more information or a quote.

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