Boeing Australia to acquire de Havilland

The Boeing Company intends to acquire Hawker de Havilland, a designer and manufacturer of commercial and military aircraft aerostructure components. Through its Boeing Australia Limited subsidiary, Boeing will acquire Hawker de Havilland from Tenix Holdings International Pty Limited, a privately held company.

Terms of the deal, which is expected to close this month, were not disclosed.

Employing more than 950 people, Hawker de Havilland has manufacturing operations at Bankstown, in Sydney, NSW; Fishermens Bend and Bayswater, in Melbourne, VIC; and a small procurement group in Los Angeles. Primary customers include Airbus UK, Alenia, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier and Lockheed Martin. Hawker de Havilland revenues were more than $A160 million (US$92 million) in 1999.

Tenix Group Managing Director Paul Salteri said that with global consolidation in the aviation industry, Tenix was convinced that Hawker de Havilland and its employees would have the strongest prospects as part of Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer.

Salteri said: ‘Tenix will continue a strong involvement in aviation in Australia through Tenix Defence Systems.

Employing more than 1,900 Australians, the Boeing presence in Australia increased with the company assuming ownership in 1996 of the defense and aerospace units of Rockwell International, including its ASTA subsidiary. In September 1999, Boeing purchased The Preston Group, an Australian aviation software and services company.

Boeing capabilities in Australia include aviation services, the management, software engineering and systems integration for major defense projects, and commercial and military aircraft modification, maintenance and support.