Hardide Aerospace Coatings makes senior business development appointment

Published on: 25th June 2015

Hardide Aerospace Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, has appointed Stewart Gibson as Business Development Manager to drive forward the company’s global sales activity in the civil and military aerospace sectors.

Stewart has more than 30 years of experience within the advanced surface coatings industry, has in-depth knowledge of the aerospace sector and extensive commercial and technical expertise.

He joins from Castolin Eutectic, part of Messer Group, where he was Global Coatings Manager.  Prior to that, Stewart held senior operational and sales positions in Bodycote Surface Technology, Renold Power Transmission, Vickers Engineering, Praxair and Hawker Siddeley Group. 

Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide plc said:  “Stewart brings a weighty combination of high technology surface coatings and aerospace sector experience together with excellent global industry contacts.  We welcome him as a strong addition to our business development team as we drive our growth and expansion in the aerospace sector.”

The range of Hardide coatings are highly abrasion, erosion, corrosion and chemical resistant while also being tough, ductile and impact resistant.  Applied by chemical vapour deposition, the process can coat external and internal surfaces, and complex geometries.  The coatings improve component life, delivering cost savings through reduced downtime and increased operational efficiency.

The Hardide-A coating has been developed specifically to meet the needs of the aerospace industry and as a direct replacement for hard chrome plating. Hardide Coatings is currently in the final stages of a coating qualification programme with Airbus and is in a development programme with AgustaWestland.