New appointment at Aurrigo boosts aviation business

One of the UK’s leading autonomous vehicle specialists has made a strategic new appointment to drive its aviation activity.

Aurrigo International, which listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in September 2022, has made Lewis Girdwood its Executive Director of Aviation Technology.

The former head of financial planning and analysis at EasyJet and chief financial officer of IAG Cargo will be responsible for rolling out the company’s third generation Auto-DollyTug, an all-electric, autonomous vehicle that combines the utility of a baggage tractor with the ULD carrying capability of an airport dolly all in one.

There will also be a strong focus on introducing the firm’s Auto-Sim 3D digital twin software to more strategic partners, technology that can help airlines and airports simulate the impact of electrification and autonomous vehicles in the digital world.

“This is a really exciting time for Aurrigo, with recent partnerships and contracts giving us real momentum in the aviation sector and we expect more to follow,” explained Girdwood, who has more than 35 years’ experience in corporate finance and aviation.

“Autonomous technology is constantly being spoken about, but there are few companies who are at the stage where they are deploying it in a real-world environment.

“By the middle of this year, Auto-DollyTug will be demonstrating the movement of luggage and cargo around five airports, delivering greener efficiencies and a potential answer to the sector’s widening skills gap.”

Girdwood, who previously held non-exec Audit Chair position at Aurrigo, has worked with several high-profile businesses at different stages of their growth and maturity.

David Keene, chief executive officer at Aurrigo, added: “Lewis has already proved his value to the business since he came on to the board and this latest role will tap into his extensive financial and aviation background, whilst his ability to maximise commercial partnerships will be crucial over the next twelve months.”

Aurrigo is a leading international provider of transport technology solutions. A video of the Auto-DollyTug can be seen : here.

Headquartered in Coventry, UK, Aurrigo designs, engineers, manufactures, and supplies autonomous vehicles and OEM products to the automotive and transport industries, particularly focusing on aviation.

It is highly regarded as a specialist in autonomous and semi-autonomous technology solutions for the aviation, ground handling and cargo industries. The company operates three divisions: Automotive Technology, Autonomous Technology and Aviation Technology.



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