Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions Teams With Leading Japanese Aviation Company Aero Consulting, to Pursue Automation and Tooling Opportunities in Japan

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI and LAKE ORION, MI--(Marketwire - February 9, 2011) - Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions, a division of Hampson Industries PLC, an international aerospace, tooling and automation company, announced it has teamed with prominent Japanese aviation company Aero Consulting. The companies have committed to providing Japan-based aircraft manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers with access to world-class and highly innovative engineering solutions to satisfy their tooling and automation requirements.

"One of our prime objectives is to continue to strengthen our position in the integration and automation segment through expanding our business internationally," said Don Stockton, Hampson Aerospace Tooling Solutions' Chief Executive Officer.

"Asia is a key focus for the expansion of our business, and within that region, the Japanese market holds particularly exciting growth potential. Aero Consulting is a recognized aviation leader in Japan, and working in tandem with them is an excellent way for us to achieve our goal. We anticipate a long, mutually beneficial relationship with Aero Consulting and we are proud and excited to form this alliance."

Commenting on the partnership, Aero Consulting Vice President Kevin McMahon stated:

"We were looking for an established partner that had international experience and a solid reputation for innovation and engineering excellence in the field of aerospace automation and tooling. Hampson's outstanding response to our initial inquiries gave us the confidence to move ahead and formalize the relationship. Although the Japanese market has uniquely challenging aspects we anticipate our combined efforts will bear fruit in early 2011."

Through its Tooling Solutions business, Hampson Aerospace is the world's leading supplier of large, tight-tolerance tooling systems for the military, commercial aerospace and space/satellite industries. It has one of the largest, most versatile and fastest machining capabilities in the world, together with an acknowledged reputation for superior engineering expertise in the field of large tooling design and manufacture. Hampson works with virtually every major airframe manufacturer in the world and its tools continue to play a critical role in the design, pre-production and production phases of many of the most important programs in aerospace, including the A350, A380, A400M, B787, B777, CH53, F-35, HondaJet, V-22 and many more.

Aero Consulting is a subsidiary of Aero, Inc. that operates from four manufacturing facilities throughout Japan, providing a broad product and service offering ranging from component manufacture to the integration of large structural assemblies. It has a firmly established and well-proven total production system that has helped it achieve the highest levels of both quality and efficiency. From these strong foundations, Aero, Inc. has built a well-earned reputation as an expert in aircraft assembly, and is well known for its ability to build to technically demanding specifications, from initial design through to production. It counts major aviation companies such as Mitsubishi Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works, Inc., MHI, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, and Boeing among its respected customer base.

About Hampson Industries PLC
Hampson is the world leader in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance tooling and assembly systems, as well as holding leading positions for composite and metallic components and aero structures. The Group's end-to-end solution for its customers from engineering and project management through manufacturing and logistics has lead to numerous customer awards. Hampson's operations serve the global commercial and military aerospace markets from 12 facilities in the UK, North America and India.

Hampson Industries PLC is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Symbol: HAMP). For more information, visit: www.hampsongroup.com.

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