We are

Solution Providers

Offering unrivalled innovation, quality and engineering textile solutions, enhanced with outstanding service.

About us

We believe in a strategic collaborative approach with our customers, partners, and alliances, and combined with our proven technical knowledge and expertise, customers are rest assured of our engineering textile solutions.
Who We Are

Who We Are

We are problem solvers and solution providers, designing and manufacturing engineered textile solutions for the safety and securement needs of the global aerospace and defence markets. We specialise in engineering quality and innovative products that withstand high dynamic stress loads and provide safer, more efficient airframe restraints & barrier solutions, cargo handling & movement systems and RPG protection for armoured vehicles.With manufacturing operations and service facilities around the globe, we have the reach to provide solutions to our customers worldwide.

Why We Are Different

Collaboration: We believe in a strategic collaborative approach with our customers, partners and alliances. The result is the most efficient and cost effective method of developing product solutions that often exceed customer expectations.

People: To solve the challenges of fast moving, dynamic industries such as aerospace and defence, our staff have to be equal to the task. We encourage freethinking, and combined with our proven technical knowledge and expertise, customers are rest assured of our abilities and solutions.

Global reach/local support: Our facilities and operations are truly worldwide. With the robust support of local technical and sales staff, we have this breadth to service the requirements of all our customers.



Culture & Vision

Our Culture

Our culture focuses not on what we do, but on how we do it. If we focus on the how, the future that we wish to attain will follow.

  • We have a culture of Total Performance in all that we do
  • Listening to and working with our customers to ensure their objectives are met
  • Continued investment in our capability development
  • Programme execution consistent with customer needs
  • Responsible behaviour and respect with all those we work with.

Our Vision

To be the premier provider of engineered textile solutions for the safety and securement needs of the global aerospace and defence industries.



History & Evolution

AmSafe Bridport was formed in 1979 from the industrial division of Bridport-Gundry Ltd., a company specialising in the manufacture of nets for various markets including marine, sports and horticulture as well as for aviation and defence.

Through a combination of exceptional internal growth, a few select strategic acquisitions and strides in our capabilities and product development, we have become a world leader in safer, more efficient airframe restraints & barrier solutions, cargo handling & movement solutions and RPG protection for armoured vehicles.

Our History

By 1999 the company is largely focused on products for commercial & defence aviation and is sold to the Marmon Group.

In 2000 the Erie facility is acquired in the USA, adding FAA repair station capability.

Further acquisitions adds repair capability for aviation inflatables when the Anaheim site is acquired – increasing the portfolio of existing products and PMAs.

In 2001 a manufacturing facility is constructed and opened in Sri Lanka, then considerably expanded to the current 120,000 plus sq. ft. becoming the principal manufacturing site for Amsafe Bridport.

In 2004 the ownership of the aviation and defence activities transfers to Amsafe Partners Inc. After 7 years of ownership, both companies move to a single ‘AmSafe’ identity.

In 2010, Amsafe Bridport introduces Tarian®, and RPG net armour system, into its product mix, marking a move into a new field of textile safety.

In 2012 Transdigm acquires AmSafe, a strategic reorganisation follows of the AmSafe portfolio into AmSafe Bridport, AmSafe Aviation & AmSafe Commercial as separate individual business entities.

With operation facilities across three continents and approximately 650 people employed worldwide, AmSafe Bridport will continue to bring innovative technology to our customers. We have become a world leader in the design, manufacture and support of highly engineered textile products for the civil aviation and defence markets.

Leadership Team

Our management staff is key to making and keeping AmSafe Bridport positioned as the world leader, and the board members provide guidance in maintaining our professional global identity. Together we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and employees.



Ian Kentfield
President, Global
Ian joined the company in 1996 as Finance Director, then promoted to General Manager of AmSafe Bridport for Asia and the Middle East. In 2001, Ian led the company’s development into overseas manufacturing with the establishment of a facility in Sri Lanka. This was followed in 2004 with the opening of a facility in Kunshan, China. Prior to AmSafe Bridport, Ian qualified as a cost & management accountant with the UK Ministry of Defence. Ian earned an MBA from the University of South West England.



Richard Betts
Sales & Marketing Director, Global
Richard joined AmSafe Bridport in 2004 to open and manage the customer service centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In 2006, Richard was promoted to Operations Manager responsible for AmSafe Bridport’s manufacturing facilities located in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kunshan, China. In 2010, Richard relocated to the UK as the Operations Director of the Bridport facility. In April 2015 Richard took the role of Sales & Marketing Director.



Jason Abbott
Operations Director, Global
Jason is responsible for engineering within the group product lines of Cargo, Airframes and Tarian®. A chartered engineer for over 20 years he joined Amsafe Bridport in 2012 from Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK). Over the previous 15 years, he was responsible for rail braking and platform screen door systems, directing engineering, projects, aftermarket and sales. For the last 4 years, he was the Sales and Marketing Director for KBRS. He has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and the USA. He has a mechanical engineering degree from Brunel University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.



Andy Davies
Engineering Director, Global
Andy joined AmSafe Bridport in 1996 as a graduate engineer. He went on to lead the Airframes engineering team until 2003 when he was seconded to the Sri Lanka facility to set up the company’s first engineering team outside the UK. In Sri Lanka, Andy created and managed a large engineering department and developed many innovative new cargo products, including FCCs, Lightweight pallet nets and TSO C172 tie-down straps. He also set up and managed a second engineering team in Kunshan, China. Andy is globally recognised as an industry expert, representing AmSafe Bridport and the UK in the development of international standards on committees including SAE, ISO, IATA ULD Technical advisory group, and is on the Board of Directors for ULDCARE. With 18 years engineering and management experience across 3 continents, Andy was promoted to Engineering Director in April 2015.


Lee Stork
Divisional Controller, Global

Lee joined AmSafe Bridport in 2013 as Finance Manager – Planning and Analysis. A qualified accountant (ACMA) he began his career with Kerry Foods (manufacturing), as a Finance Graduate, where he spent 10 years and held various Finance positions including Assistant Controller and Project Accountant. Lee had a degree in Accounting and Finance and was promoted to Divisional Controller for Amsafe Bridport in February 2016.


Tim Bell
Head of Business Development  – Global
Tim joined AmSafe Bridport in March 2013 having held many senior Global commercial positions within the aerospace manufacturing industry. In April 2015 Tim was promoted to the role of Business Unit Manager responsible for AmSafe Bridport Airframes products & services worldwide. In November 2016 Tim was appointed as Head of Business Development for AmSafe Bridport, a new global strategic role.



Matthew Chuter
Business Manager – RPG Protection, Global
Matthew joined AmSafe Bridport in October 2013 following 13 years within the Defence industry with experience in many businesses‘, and commercial management roles, notably within BAE Systems and Serco were he had worked extensively in the UK, the US, Europe and the Middle East. He has an MBA from Henley Business School.



Joe Ashton
Business Manager – Cargo, Global
Joe Ashton, has over 20 years’ sales experience within the commercial aerospace sector. During the last three years, he has been responsible for the global sales of the company’s Commercial Cargo products. In his current role, he is accountable for the Cargo Product Line P&L. He leads a multi-disciplined Product Line team through the entire product life cycle from strategy formulation to in-service support to ensure maximum profitable business growth – driving AmSafe Bridport’s three value drivers of Price / Productivity / New Business.


Amy Martz

Amy Martz
Business Manager – Airframes
Amy joined AmSafe Bridport in 2001 as Financial Controller for our US facility and was promoted to General Manager in 2011. In 2015, Amy relocated to our UK headquarters as a Senior Sales Manager to oversee our largest Airframes OEM accounts and was promoted in 2016 to Business Unit Manager – Airframes. Amy studied Finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has her Six Sigma Green Belt and a Certificate in Programme Management.



Senior Sales Managers


Mark Trafford
Senior Sales Manger – Defence Cargo Business Unit
Mark leads the growth of the defence cargo business. The last 15 years within the aerospace industry, primarily in engineering roles. Previous AmSafe Bridport roles include Head of Engineering & Quality, establishing engineering teams in Sri Lanka, USA and China, and leading product portfolio growth for Cargo, Airframes and Tarian®. Mark is familiar with all AmSafe Bridport products, and the systems of their customers and approval agency: UK MAA DAOS, EASA DOA, EASA ADOA, EASA POA, EASA Part 145, Airbus & Boeing procedures, etc.



Ellen Pym
Senior Sales Manager – Airframes
Ellen is responsible for the Airframes OEM programs in Europe and Asia. Prior to this role Ellen had been working in the Cargo Business Unit for 7 years with responsibility for global sales and business development within the commercial sector. Along with managing a number of key accounts, Ellen was also involved in industry bodies working to promote the safe transportation of freight in the aerospace industry. Ellen started at AmSafe Bridport as a commercial trainee in 2000 and having spent time working in various departments with a number of products, has developed a broad understanding of the business and the industry.


Tharindu Senanayaka

Tharindu Senanayaka
Senior Sales Manager – Commercial Cargo
Tharindu is responsible for Global Sales and Business Development of our range of Commercial Cargo restraint products.  Prior to this role he was responsible for Commercial Cargo business in Asia Pacific & the Middle East while managing a number of key accounts.  Tharindu joined AmSafe Bridport in 2007 as an Sales Administration Executive and during his career has gained in-depth expertise in managing sales within Commercial Cargo, Airframe Aftermarket, Defense Aftermarket Spares, and Commercial Aftermarket Spares.