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AgustaWestland NV
Type Private (subsidiary of Finmeccanica)
Founded 2000
Headquarters Samarate, Varese, Italy
Yeovil, Somerset, England
Industry Aerospace
Products Helicopters
Employees 8,531 (2005)
Parent Finmeccanica

AgustaWestland is a helicopter design and manufacturing company based in Italy and England. It was formed in July 2000 when Finmeccanica S.p.A. and GKN plc agreed to merge their respective helicopter subsidiaries (Agusta and Westland Helicopters) to form AgustaWestland with Finmeccanica and GKN each holding a 50% share.

On May 26, 2004 GKN confirmed that it would sell its share to its partner for £1.06Bn. AgustaWestland is now a fully owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica of Italy.

AgustaWestland opened offices in Philadelphia in 2005, and won a contract to build the new presidential helicopter Marine One over the U.S. manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, but this program was canceled in 2009.[1]

In early 2010 AgustaWestland acquired PZL-Świdnik, a Polish helicopter manufacturer and changed its official name to AgustaWestland Świdnik.[2].





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