Aresia is a French civil and defense aeronautical engineering group. In the civil sector, Aresia is a Tier 1 subcontractor to Airbus for the supply of lifting beams for the A320 and A330 ranges. In the defense sector, Aresia designs, develops and manufactures load-carrying systems for combat aircraft, including load-carrying systems for the Rafale for the French Ministry of Defense and for Dassault Aviation.
In June 2018, HLD acquired a majority stake in Aresia alongside Jacques Rafaut, the historical shareholder, the management team and minority shareholders. While the company was initially not for sale, we succeeded in establishing a relationship of trust with Mr. Rafaut and Mr. Berthet and convinced them to enter into exclusive discussions, thereby pre-empting the transaction and avoiding any competitive processes.
The aim of our investment is to build a leading European manufacturer of civil and defense aeronautical equipment. Our project is accompanied by a targeted external growth strategy, maintaining a balanced exposure to civil and defense aviation. Aresia is the result of the merger of 5 aerospace companies : Rafaut, Alkan, AEds, Secapem and Lace. The acquisition of Alkan in 2021, Rafaut's main historical competitor, was a key step in creating the European leader in lift and ejection systems.