Unum announces new factory

30 November 2023: Unum Aircraft Seating is today announcing the official launch of its London Gatwick facility, with the larger premises set to support the growth of a business that is truly ready to fly.

The official launch party for the new factory, which is based in the Manor Royal aerospace hub at One Kelvin Lane, took place on Wednesday 29th November, and was attended by Unum’s founding shareholders and key industry partners, alongside representatives from the Green Cabin Alliance and the UK Department for Business & Trade. Industry sage and longstanding Unum supporter Ben Bettel was also on hand to take care of ribbon cutting duties.

Unum CEO and founder Chris Brady says: “The launch of our Gatwick factory caps what has been a hugely successful year for Unum. We’ve gained our regulatory approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and launched new products featuring our game changing patented Scimitar seat mechanism.

We’ve also made several senior appointments, including hiring Tania Trucchia as chief operating officer (COO) and in the past few months grown the Engineering Leadership Team to support our design and testing activities. Opening our new factory right at the heart of the industry is the perfect way to conclude the year, and firmly establishes Unum as the credible alternative in business class seating!”

Ben Bettell, adds: “I am proud to have been involved with Unum since its inception. Unum not only has a world class business seating product, it is also home to experienced staff and now excellent premises to produce and deliver its seat from – premises that I am pleased to open officially today.

“Unum comprises a group of talented people with a proven successful visionary as a leader, and this results in an amazing customer-centric business class seat.”