Family-owned firm in Newcastle upon Tyne has holds significant stake in global market for de-icing aircraft
Freezing cold weather in Britain and the north of Europe has produced scorching hot sales at a family-owned firm in Newcastle upon Tyne which holds a significant stake in the global market for de-icing aircraft.
Kilfrost says it has seen an 85% increase in turnover of its products since 1 August compared with the same period last year and expects further gains as the chilly winter takes hold.
A long-haul Boeing 747 aircraft can require up to 15,000 litres of antifreeze for safe take-off and Kilfrost claims to supply almost a third of world demand.
“We sell our products in Greenland, Anchorage [Alaska], but also places such as Dubai where the owners of private jets are increasingly using them when they fly to colder countries,” said Gary Lydiate, chief executive of Kilfrost.
The company has an annual turnover of £55m but only employs a total of 87 staff in the UK, US and more recently China. Kilfrost supplies de-icing products at Heathrow and Frankfurt but also to the road and rail industry.
Kilfrost traditionally uses petroleum-based products but has developed a new “greener” anti-freeze made from corn which is being pioneered by All-Nippon Airways and Air New Zealand.