Mettis Aerospace, a supplier of components – from airframes to landing gear – to Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, has been put up for sale with a price tag of £70m.
Chamonix Private Equity, its owner, has hired M&A adviser Hawkpoint to arrange a sale of the Worcestershire-based group, and documents were sent to potential bidders last week. One such is Carlyle Group, the US private equity giant, as it looks to expand Nuneaton-based Gardner, the aviation equipment firm it bought in October.
A source close to the process said: "Interest is expected from both trade and private-equity groups. The deadline for first-round bids is early new year."
Mettis' turnover is about £50m a year, and profit is thought to be £10m.
Chamonix is based in central London. Its portfolio includes Prize Food Group, a supermarket supplier with a yearly turnover of £100m.