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Graviner Limited was founded in 1933 and became established in the design and manufacture of:
  • Fire Overheat & Smoke Detection Systems.
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems.
  • Explosion Suppression Systems.
  • Aircraft Crash Systems.
  • Temperature Switches.
  • Guided Weapon Safety & Arming Mechanisms.
  • Marine & Industrial markets.
Graviner Limited held Civil Aviation Authority BCAR A8-1, A8-3, A8-5, MoD AQAP 1 and BS5750 Part 1 approvals.

Walter Kidde PLC was founded in 1935 and became established in the design and manufacture of:
  • Fire Detection & Extinguishing Systems.
  • Oxygen Systems & Inflation Systems.
Walter Kidde PLC was supplying the Aerospace, Marine and Industrial markets and held Civil Aviation Authority BCAR A8-1, MoD AQAP 1 and BS 5750 Part 1 approvals.


Walter Kidde PLC and Graviner Ltd merge forming Kidde Graviner Ltd.


Kidde Graviner relinquishes its Industrial, Rail and Marine business to a newly formed company called Kidde Fire Protection Limited, also within Kidde International, so that it could specialise in the Aerospace and Military Vehicle product ranges.


In November Williams demerges, forming the Kidde PLC group.


The Rail business moves back to Kidde Graviner.


Kidde PLC is acquired by United Technologies Corporation (UTC), making Kidde a part of Hamilton Sundstrand (HS).


Kidde Graviner sells its Gaseous Emergency Oxygen business to Ontic UK.


All systems go!

In Q3 2012 UTC Aerospace Systems (aka UTAS) was formed by combining two industry leaders, Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) and Goodrich, creating an organisation with key positions on nearly every aircraft flying today and substantial content on various UAVs, satellites and ground and naval vehicles.

UTC Aerospace Systems is part of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, which includes Pratt & Whitney and which, along with Sikorsky Aircraft, comprises the aerospace portfolio of United Technologies Corporation, a global company with 2011 annual sales of $58.2 billion USD and approximately 200,000 employees worldwide.


Wheels up and climbing!

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) celebrates its first anniversary in July.

From program wins such as the Aerostructures, Wheels & Brakes and Electric Systems placements on the next-generation Embraer EJet to our aftermarket agreements with Hainan Airlines and Lufthansa Technik, it is clear that UTC Aerospace Systems has the confidence of our customers and is delivering on its commitments.