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04 October 2019

Aish Technologies Appoints New MD

Dorset-based defence technology solutions provider Aish Technologies has appointed Naval specialist Ric Elkington as its new Managing Director, effective immediately.

Ric has been promoted to MD from his previous role as Head of Naval for both Aish and sister company Aeronautical General Instruments (AGI). Having served 21 years in the Royal Navy, Ric then joined BAE Systems where he was Head of Naval Combat Systems Business Development.

Whilst at BAE he was responsible for ensuring the Type 26 Global Combat Ship was chosen by the Royal Canadian Navy as its new design for the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) in February 2019.

Ric is delighted to assume the new role of MD for Aish, as he feels the time is right for the company to move forward with the next step of its growth programme.

Ric commented:

“We have seen a lot of change at the company over the last 18 months, including the integration of Aish into the AGI Holdings Group of companies, and there is a requirement now for a clear leadership structure that will be responsible for implementing our ambitious growth programme in the future”.

Ric’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Aish. The company has recently launched its new brand and logo, to reflect its position as a major supplier within the Defence and Security industry. The recent DSEI 2019 trade show saw renewed interest in Aish as a key supplier of rugged display systems and electronics cabinets, and in particular the news that the company will be introducing some new product lines in the future. DSEI also provided the opportunity to showcase the increased capability Aish now has, having become part of the AGI Holdings Group, with its sister companies being able to enhance and support Aish with complimentary products and services.

Within the company growth programme, Ric is keen to stress one aspect of Aish’s current capability.

He continued:

“We will be making some changes to our operational processes, to improve our productivity and focus on our core business strengths. This will in some cases enable us to reduce some of our lead times from months to weeks, which can only be good news for our customers. We are also investing in some of our advanced manufacturing toolsets, to improve our 3D modelling capability and also our handling of products within the assembly area.”

Outside of his new MD role, Ric’s passion is competing in Triathlon’s, including Ironman Triathlons which sees competitors undertake a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon 26.22 mile run, raced in that order. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.



Aish is part of AGI Holdings, an investment affiliate of J.F. Lehman & Company, along with operating subsidiaries Aeronautical & General Instruments (also based in Poole), Hoffman Engineering in the US and Aircraft Appliance and Equipment based in Canada. Aish enhances AGI’s portfolio of mission critical situational awareness, filtration and other related products and services. Aish Technologies is a systems design and manufacturing company that specialises in the protection of electronic equipment in harsh environments. Today the company concentrates on its core strengths of protecting electronics in harsh environments and providing the quietest ICCP system in the world. It has developed new integrated bridge and multifunction consoles, flat screen displays, award-winning electronics cabinets and a unique system that protects submarines from the threat of marine corrosion whilst remaining some of the quietest vessels in the seaw:

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