Merger for IFPL and Cobalt Aerospace


Airline passenger interface solution specialist IFPL Group has acquired Cobalt Aerospace Group, a move that makes a broad range of cabin products and services available from one source.

Cobalt Aerospace’s portfolio includes LED mood lighting, wireless chargers and a new emergency floor path marking system, GLS-7. The team spans a design and manufacturing facility in Norwich, UK, and a sales office in Miami, USA.

IFPL has been supplying global manufacturers and airlines from its facility on the Isle of Wight, UK, since 1996. Today, the company provides solutions that span data, power, audio and more.

“We have known Cobalt since their formation in 2013 and have watched with interest as they have brought several innovative solutions to market, with Cobalt Spectrum mood lighting and, more recently, the GLS-7 floor path marking system,” said Geoff Underwood, chairman and CEO of IFPL Group. “With an upsurge in interest, and with exciting new products in the pipeline, by combining the considerable skills and expertise within both businesses, we will significantly broaden our offering to our combined customer base”.

Cobalt Aerospace also brings specialist certification knowledge and status as a UK CAA Part 21J Design Organisation. This means the group will be able to support customers with classifying and approving aircraft changes across a variety of areas including avionics, cabin interiors and electrical systems.

“We’re excited to take this step forward with our friends at IFPL, who we have long admired for their excellent products and industry prowess,” said Ben Brown, co-founder and director of Cobalt Aerospace. “This merger will allow us to combine our innovations with IFPL’s many years of expertise and impressive scale, meaning that together we can offer customers a wealth of products to enhance the inflight experience. As the aviation industry begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to join our teams together and enter this new phase stronger than ever.”

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