Heritage

Unison has experienced tremendous growth since it began in 1980. Through new product introductions, strategic acquisitions, technological innovations, and a commitment to providing high-quality products and superior customer service, Unison has emerged into a major performance technology company with a global presence.

1980

Slick Electro, an established manufacturer of ignition systems for piston aircraft engines, is purchased and renamed Unison.

1988

Unison introduce’s world’s first solid state turbine ignition system.

1989

Unison acquires the Bendix Aircraft Ignition business from Allied Signal to become the market leader for turbine ignition systems

1992

Unison develops engine dedicated alternators, capable of surviving hostile environments while delivering higher output levels.

1993

Unison introduces first ignition system with self-diagnostic technology and FADEC interface, enabling twin engine aircraft to achieve ETOPs.

1997

Unison acquires the Engine Electrical Systems Division of BFGoodrich Aerospace.

1999

Unison opens its first international manufacturing facility in Saltillo, Mexico.

2000

Unison acquires Westport International,
a leading manufacturer of switches, sensors, and bellows.

2002

Unison is acquired by GE and becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Aviation's Services business.

2004

Elano Corporation was merged into Unison, adding tubes, ducts and mechanical systems capability.

2007

GE acquires Smiths Aerospace and creates the Systems and Unison Engine Components operating groups.

2009

Unison consolidates with Unison Engine Components (formerly Smith’s Engine Components).

2010

The consolidated Unison businesses are brought under GE Aviation's Systems business.