Our history

Founded in 1960 and now in its third generation of family ownership. Here are just some of our highlights.

1960

Industrial Precision Equipment (now Ipeco) is founded by Allan Johnson as a sub-contract machining and fabrication company.

1970

Following a report which cited a problem with pilot fatigue caused by uncomfortable seating, the Company seizes the opportunity to diversify into the design and manufacture of aircraft crew seats.

1972

Ipeco develop a more comfortable and ergonomic pilot seat for commercial aircraft platforms which is bought by Fokker.


1974

Ipeco is awarded a contract to retrofit pilot seats for Lufthansa B707 / B727 fleet.

1978

Ipeco is selected by Gulfstream to provide pilot seats for the GII aircraft.

1981

Boeing selects Ipeco to provide pilot seats for the new Boeing 757-200. The first airline to take delivery is Eastern Airways.


1984

Lockheed Martin chooses Ipeco crew seats for its C-130 programme.

1985

Ipeco is a market leader in crew seating for commercial aircraft and is the chosen supplier for pilot seats on all Boeing commercial aircraft platforms.

1985

Ipeco acquires Benson Lund (cabin interiors).


1986

Ipeco is awarded its first Queen's Award for export achievement.

1986

Ipeco acquires Polymeric (composites).

1986

The Company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.


1992

Ipeco acquires Pulse Electronics.

1995

Ipeco acquires AMC (galley inserts).

1997

Ipeco is brought back into family ownership.


2003

Ipeco develops executive jet passenger seating for business aircraft. Cessna becomes the launch customer, shortly followed by Hawker Beechcraft.

2003

Ipeco is selected to provide pilot seats for the Boeing C-17 programme and continues to supply crew seating for Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft variants.

2006

Ipeco is selected to supply pilot and observer seating for the B787 aircraft.


2006

Ipeco is selected by Bombardier to supply executive jet passenger seating for the CL300 business jet.

2008

To complement its existing galley insert product range, Ipeco is selected as one of three suppliers for the A350XWB programme and develops a new product portfolio.

2012

Ipeco continues to provide executive passenger seating to Bombardier for the new CL350 aircraft.


2013

Ipeco is selected to supply pilot, observer and flight attendant crew seating for the new Embraer E-Jet E2 family of jet airliners.

2014

Ipeco establish a new distribution centre in Hong Kong.

2015

The Ipeco ARINC size 4 microwave is selected by Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.


2016

Ipeco is selected by Boeing to supply pilot and observer seats for the new B777X family of aircraft.

2017

Ipeco is selected by Boeing to design and manufacture a High Comfort Attendant Seat (HCAS) for the next generation B777X airplane.

2017

Ipeco Singapore Pte Ltd established as a new customer service base for South- East Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Islands.


2017

Emirates selects the latest Ipeco microwave oven galley insert for for its newest Boeing 777X fleet.

2018

Airbus select High-Comfort Cabin Attendant Seat (HCCAS) for A321neo, 330neo and 350neo aircraft.

2018

Ipeco announces expansion programme with a new 125,000 ft2 facility on Southend Airport Business Park.


2019

Ipeco acquires hs2 engineering.

2019

Qatar Airways selects the new Ipeco microwave oven and fridge for Boeing 787-9 and 777-9 fleets.

2019

Bombardier extends executive jet seating contract.


2020

New 130,000 ft2 manufacturing facility nears completion.

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