• Sector: Industrial, Manufacturing, Marine, Oil & Gas
  • Location: South West
  • Website: www.aisltd.com
  • Date of investment: Mar-14
  • GCP board members: James Blake, Ravi Monteiro


  • An award-winning global supplier of insulation, passive fire protection, buoyancy and cable protections systems
  • Provides high performance insulation and fire protection products to the global upstream Oil & Gas industry
  • Topside, it provides passive fire protection products which protect people and property in the event of a fire
  • Provide a range of impact protection solutions for the Marine and Offshore wind industry
  • Subsea, it offers thermal insulation products which increase flow rates and hence, production efficiency
  • Worked with over 1300 different energy customers
  • The business employs 300 staff with operations in 12 locations across the globe

Why we invested

  • We are backing an experienced team with world-leading technical expertise, deep operational experience in the sector and who are hungry to deliver the next phase of growth
  • Products are technically advanced compared to the competition, barriers to entry are high and AI is well known as an innovative problem solver for its customers
  • Outstanding track record of growth; in the last 5 years, sales have increased six-fold and the business is forecasting continued rapid expansion
  • Well placed relative to market drivers

How we are making a difference

  • Flexible GCP structure enabled the existing shareholders to realise some value, re-balance the equity ownership and access capital to support the growth of the business
  • GCP funded the entire transaction, with no external debt, underpinning the deliverability of the deal and providing a strong foundation for growth
  • Working with management to assess, execute and integrate acquisitions

After a detailed and careful selection process we are delighted to move into the next phase of our ambitious expansion plans alongside our new partners GCP. Their financial input combined with their understanding and support for our growth strategy will help us to achieve our objectives within a tighter time frame

Ed Weeks Chairman