Ashot Ashkelon Industries Ltd (TASE: ASHO) is an Israeli manufacturer of build to print products such as: gears, transmissions and gearboxes to the Aerospace, Military, and Automotive industries. Ashot is a subsidiary of the Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) and publicly traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The company has 560 employees.
|עשות אשקלון תעשיות|
|Traded as||TASE: ASHO|
|Revenue||₪ 340.93 million (2015)|
|Profit||₪ 17.24 million (2015)|
|Total equity||₪ 224.25 million (2015)|
|Owner||Israel Military Industries 85%|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Reliance Gear Corporation|
Ashot Ashkelon was founded in 1951 as Kaiser-Ilin Industries by businessman Efraim Ilin. Initially as a factory for assembling Kaiser-Frazer cars and Mack Trucks under license; Kaiser-Ilin had two production sites, one in Haifa (which opened in 1951) where the vehicle assembly line was based and one in Ashkelon (which was opened in 1960), for manufacturing spare parts for automotive equipment, gears and metal-working machinery.
During the 1960 the company got into financial difficulties and the vehicle assembly line was closed; the Ashkelon plant continue to operate at a lost. In 1967, it was acquired by Israel Military Industries and its name changed to Ashot Ashkelon Industries.
In 1992, the company had an initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The same year, the company signed a 20 years frame agreement with the Allison Engine Company, at the time a division of General Motors, to manufacture parts for 20 different engine types. The agreement was estimated to represent a total potential income of $100–140 million.
In 2007, Ashot won a tender to manufacture the Drivetrain and hydro-mechanical suspension enabling cross-country mobility, for both the Merkava Mk. 4 tank and the Namer Armoured personnel carrier.
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- American Kaiser Company Plans Three New Factories in Israel, September 26, 1958
- Ashot gets $48 M Boeing orders, Israel Business Today, May 29, 1992
- Ashot frames GM. (Ashot Ashkelon Industries' aircraft engine contract with General Motors Corp. Allison Transmission Div.) Israel Business Today, 14 August1992
- International debut for Israel's Newest Merkava Mk4], Defense Update, Oct 2010
- Enter the Namer - An update on the Merkava based Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Defense Update, Oct 2010
- Ashot Ashkelon: Defense industry success story The defense contractor's revenue has risen from NIS 17 million to NIS 230 million within seven years Archived June 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., Yuval Azulai, Globes 28/03/2013