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04 April 2019

New Head of Naval Division at Aish and AGI

Dorset-based defence technology solutions provider Aish Technologies has welcomed Naval specialist Ric Elkington on board, as its new Head of Naval Division. Ric will be dividing his role between Aish and its’ AGI Group sister company Aeronautical and General Instruments (AGI), also based in Poole.

Ric has joined the AGI Group from BAE Systems where he was Head of Naval Combat Systems Business Development. Whilst at BAE Ric 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 this year. Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ric spent 21 years in the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer and underwater warfare specialist, as well as acquiring meteorology and oceanography qualifications. 

New Head of Naval Division at Aish and AGISince joining Aish, Ric has been impressed with the strength of the workforce and the pride shown in its day to day activities. He says:

“We have such a close working relationship with many of our customers that, despite the fact that we deliver product, what we really offer is a highly collaborative design and manufacture service. The level of quality is outstanding, and it is fantastic to see that British engineering is alive and well.” 

Ric has a personal connection to British engineering as his Grandfather ran a production factory called Elkington Engineering, that provided parts for Spitfires in the Second World War. For him to now be involved with what Aish manufactures is very special to him.

Ric’s new role at Aish is seen as a significant step in the company’s ambition to increasing its presence in overseas markets, including the US, Canada and Australia. He comments:

“There are many opportunities currently with Navies across the world, as fleets are renewed and new technologies developed. Aish has a major role to play in supplying to prime contractors with many of its technologies used on surface ships and submarines. For example, we have Aish systems on every type of US submarine which reflects the key role the company plays in the industry.” 

Ric could be forgiven for being a little cautious as to the immediate future for British engineering given the current state of uncertainty over Brexit, however he is very confident for Aish’s growth intentions.

He adds:

“We do not foresee any negative implications over Brexit, due to the strength of our relationships with our customers. Our focus is on improving the competitiveness of Aish, unlocking efficiencies between the two businesses, and providing sustainable growth over the next few years. There are investment and innovation synergies to be realised between Aish and AGI, and the modern equipment we have at Aish offers opportunities for us to increase our capacity and take advantage of technology advancements, particularly around new screen technologies.”



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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