Starling Aerospace expands capability with biggest investment in 20 years

In response to significant growth in demand for bespoke aircraft interior refurbishment projects, from private and commercial customers, Starling Aerospace has extended its design and manufacturing capability, thanks to a six figure investment.

The aircraft interiors specialist, located between London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, has become the first and only UK aerospace company to operate a 3-in-1 CNC perforating, stitching and embroidery combined machine.

Additionally, Starling has upgraded its sewing shop with the installation of six fully automated Juki sewing machines.

The recent commissioning of its first in-house autoclave also builds on Starling’s fully integrated expertise, by facilitating the fabrication of interior panels, fixtures and fittings, from prepreg carbon fibre.

Using this reinforced material, which is pre-impregnated with a resin system and curing agent, results in the manufacture of superior strength and lighter weight products, to a consistently high finish.

Coralie Wigg, Starling’s co-founding director, “This major investment in machinery represents the biggest upgrade in Starling’s capability since the company was established more than two decades ago.

“By combining different sewing tasks into a single CNC machine, we can create any design for leather and fabric, no matter how complex.

“Equally, our in-house autoclave provides an agile solution for customers needing a fast project turnaround. Starling is seeing a growing trend for completely bespoke interiors, so we are well positioned to deliver increasingly exotic designs that our clients are demanding.”