Offering unrivalled innovation, quality and engineering textile solutions, enhanced with outstanding service.
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.
To be the market leader for cargo and vehicle protection systems worldwide, protecting lives and equipment, creating a business in which we all feel proud and valued.
To grow our business by building strong relationships with our customers by de|ivering exceptional service.
To add value to our customers by developing and innovating world-class products and services.
To create a positive and challenging environment that encourages personal growth and teamwork.
AmSafe Bridport’s history and heritage can be traced to the 9th Century when Bridport was established as a fortified Burg by King Alfred. The climate and geology surrounding the town of Bridport proved ideal for the growth of hemp and flax and this created the foundation for an industry which thrives (albeit in a different guise) over a thousand years later. There is evidence in the Doomsday Book that the town prospered well into the 11th century. Even King John ordered “Bridport ropes and cables” presumably for the English raid on King Phillip of Spain’s fleet in 1211. The town was already renowned for its production of ropes, cables and hawsers by the 13th century.
The evidence that Bridport had gained a reputation for producing high quality hemp ropes and yarns is borne out in the granting of its first charter in 1253 by Henry III. The 14th century saw the emergence of hemp merchants who established the industry even further – in particular William Bume whose goods were valued at £9 which included sailcloth, rope, girth webs flax and hemp – the same textiles being used centuries later.
It has been the industry’s ability to adapt to change that, together with the presence of good transport links, has allowed it to survive to the present day.
When the Royal dockyard took over production in the 17th century Bridport soon filled the gap by making lines and nets for the nascent Newfoundland fishery. These soon became the dominant products and were exported all over the world. During this time sailcloth gradually expanded in importance and by the end of the 18th century Bridport and South Somerset were suiting all the revenue boats, packets and Smacks of Great Britain, as well as exporting canvas to the American navy; sails for the Royal Navy came later!
The industry served this market until the depression of the latter part of the 19th century when it turned to producing nets for the rapidly developing sports of tennis, cricket and football. The end of the 19th century saw the industry re-enter the production of nets for the military.
While this protected them during times of trouble it did allow competitors to take some of their traditional trade away, especially after the Second World War. This was countered by making cargo nets for the developing aviation industry. These, over the years, have become the dominant products, with the result that Bridport Gundry came out of its traditional markets all together. This left a
gap in the market which a number of firms stepped in to fill, leading to the formation of a dozen or so firms.
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.
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.
Our management staff is key to making and keeping AmSafe Bridport positioned as the world leader. Together we strive to exceed the expectations of our customers and employees.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Joe joined AmSafe Bridport from Heath Tecna UK (now Saffran Seats GB) in 2008 where he had held the position of Head of Sales and Marketing EMEA. Joe has over 25 years of experience, working with OEM’s and the Aftermarket, primarily within the commercial and defence aerospace sectors. While at AmSafe Bridport, Joe focused on a variety of sales roles before becoming Business Unit Manager for Cargo. Following a period as the Sales & Marketing Director, Joe became Director of Operations where he was responsible for AmSafe Bridport’s three global manufacturing sites. He has recently moved back into sales and marketing to lead this function once again.
Vice President of Operations
Andy joined AmSafe Bridport in 1996 as a graduate engineer. He has since held a variety of engineering, management and sales roles with the company, including 10 years based at our Sri Lanka facility, and 3 years as a Business Unit Manager. Following 5 years in the role of Director of Engineering, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2020.
Vice President of Engineering
Natalie Paul holds a Masters degree in Engineering Physics and joined AmSafe Bridport in 2005 where she undertook roles within both the Defence Cargo and Airframes business units. In 2011, after spending time as a Lead Engineer for the defence side of the business, Natalie became a Lead Engineer and Program Manager for one of AmSafe Bridport’s key defence programs. Shortly after, Natalie became Engineering Manger for the wider Airframes business unit and in 2020, was promoted to Vice President of Engineering.
Vice President of Financial Reporting
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.
Business Manager – Cargo, Global
Tharindu joined AmSafe Bridport in 2007 as a Sales Administration Executive. He took over responsibility for the functions of the entire Cargo Business Unit, including P&L accountability, in 2018. Prior to this, Tharindu was responsible for Global Sales and Business Development for our range of Commercial Cargo products. He has managed several product launches to the global cargo aviation industry, such as MANTLE Fire Containment solutions and TSOC172 Straps. Tharindu works with a number of industry bodies to develop market solutions. Tharindu also sits on the Board of Directors for ULD Care. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration by the University of Wales, and has Associated Member status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK.
Business Manager – Airframes, Global
Joanna is responsible for leading and directing the Airframes Business Unit Team as a cross functional business unit throughout the stages of design, development, manufacture, selling and marketing of its products and services as well as holds full responsibility for the business unit’s P&L. She has years of progressive experience in Commercial Aerospace and Defence markets. Prior to her time at AmSafe Bridport, Joanna worked at Leonardo Helicopters, where she managed commercial contracts for global accounts in Europe, Asia and Africa. Joanna joined AmSafe Bridport as a Contracts and Compliance Manager and later took on a role of a Commercial Manager with the responsibility of contract negotiations, compliance & programme management across all business sites. Joanna has a Masters in Business degree from the University of Manchester, Manchester Business School.