Acro Tag

Acro Aircraft Seating is one of the leading manufacturers of passenger seats for commercial airlines around the world.

Founded in 2007, the business speedily built a reputation for creating contemporary seating that is robust, lightweight and easily maintainable whilst offering exceptional passenger comfort and living space. A fresh approach to problem-solving and short lead times cemented our reputation as a stand-out player in the global marketplace.

The acquisition of Acro, in 2017, by the specialist seating manufacturer Tiancheng Controls (itself part of the giant Zhejiang Science and Technology Investment Company) provided a platform for further international growth and recognition, adding impetus to the Acro determination ‘To be the world leading aircraft seat supplier’.

In late 2020 we relocated from our base near Gatwick to new 100,000 sq ft headquarters at Crick in Northamptonshire, increasing and significantly broadening design, development and testing facilities and enhancing rapid prototyping capabilities. The move also significantly added a boost to our capacity.

New processes designed to enhance both the consistent quality of production and overall efficiencies were immediately established. Today Acro is both fully embracing Lean principles and transforming working practices through Kaizen, across all areas of business.

The move to the Crick headquarters enabled us to increase our European Aviation Safety Agency Part 145 area, gaining substantial additional capacity. Facilities for customer meetings and product review were also dramatically expanded.

Simultaneously, work ramped up on plans for international expansion, with a second production facility in Shanghai. The site is designed to supply the Asian civil aviation market with Acro’s innovative seating products and initially used to house vertically integrated manufacturing capability, supplying composite and aluminium parts to Acro UK.

Reflecting our global reach, Acro currently has Customer Support Operations in China and the USA, as well as the UK.

Since 2017 Acro has been an Airbus approved linefit supplier and our strong, collaborative relationship continues to grow.

Acro also has considerable experience supporting Boeing customers including seating programmes on B737, B757 and B767 aircraft types.

We have a highly successful strategic partnership with SAAB and close, productive associations with Fokker and ATR Aircraft. We regularly demonstrate our willingness, and capacity, to take on both lower and higher volume programmes and to collaborate with Original Equipment Manufacturers to develop bespoke seating for their unique airframes.

That focus on establishing and nurturing effective, mutually beneficial partnerships is equally evidenced in our close customer relationships, each of which is underpinned by exceptional creative collaboration.

Our journey so far…

  • February 2007

    2007

    February 2007

    Acro was founded and established factory in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire.

  • January 2008

    2008

    January 2008

    Awarded EASA ETSO approval.

  • February 2008
    February 2008

    Jet2.com trial starts.

  • December 2008
    December 2008

    First complete shipset delivered

  • June 2013

    2013

    June 2013

    1st US customer

  • September 2013
    September 2013

    FAA TSO approval granted

  • December 2014

    2014

    December 2014

    1st delivery to Saab

  • April 2015

    2015

    April 2015

    New Premium and Economy seat unveiled

  • September 2015
    September 2015

    First Airbus Linefit Delivery

  • November 2015
    November 2015

    BGF become a shareholder

  • February 2016

    2016

    February 2016

    Customer Support office opens in Miami

  • September 2017

    2017

    September 2017

    Acquisition by Zhejiang Tiancheng Controls

  • January 2018

    2018

    January 2018

    First Series 6 linefit

  • April 2018
    April 2018

    First Series 7 Delivery

  • 2019

    2019

    2019

    Shanghai Plant certified

  • December 2019
    December 2019

    Series 6FB enters service

  • April 2020

    2020

    April 2020

    Series 8 and Series 6HD widebody products launched

  • October 2020
    October 2020

    Move to new 100,000sq ft facility in Northamptonshire

Quality and Standards

Our process-oriented management system forms the basis for the outstanding quality of our products and services. Acro currently holds the following approvals: