ADB Safegate

The partner of choice for airports in airfield visual guidance


ADB Safegate is the world leader in airfield visual guidance, a resilient niche market with high barriers to entry and solid growth.

In May 2013, we positioned ourselves as the most credible buyer of ADB, the then world leader in Airfield Ground Lighting (AGL), through the experience we gained in the airport related industry with Swissport and The Nuance Group and the trustful relationships we were able to create with the management.

We acquired ADB with the conviction that the company could further accelerate its growth, leveraging its technology leadership in the attractive AGL market characterised by sound underlying growth drivers and high entry barriers.

Within a few years, ADB was transformed from a niche specialist to the airport partner of choice, offering diversified product solutions to more than 200 clients in 175 countries.

  • 175


  • 2,000

    airports served

  • #1


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  • How did we transform ADB

    Under PAI’s ownership, ADB underwent its first evolution, achieving organic growth and entry into new markets. We accelerated development in selected key markets through the build-up of industrial capabilities, and conducted initiatives to improve operational efficiency globally.

    In 2016, ADB acquired Safegate, bringing together the complementary strengths of two market leading airport visual guidance brands and offering a unique value proposition to its clients around the world.

    "ADB and Safegate have joined forces. Together we have the power to create a great future for airports all over the world" - Christian Onselaere, CEO ADB Safegate.

An attractive underlying market

ABD Safegate operates in a market with sound underlying drivers, with passenger growth at c. 5% p.a. and growing docking guidance system penetration.

Airports today are presented with complex challenges. The forecasts predict air traffic will double by 2035 leaving airports with serious capacity constraint.

ADB can help airports resolve their most pressing challenges quickly and smoothly with the right blend of technology and solutions.

  • 237 million

    passengers by 2035

Integrated technology solutions for airports

Three years after our acquisition, ADB acquired Safegate Group, the world leader in aviation Docking Guidance Systems (DGS) and the second largest player in the AGL industry.

This acquisition reinforces the company’s leadership and creates the only global player that offers complete airfield visual guidance solutions from landing to parking, combining airfield lights, docking systems and tower systems.

At the time of PAI's exit, the group was the undisputed leader in AGL and DGS. In October 2017 we sold ADB Safegate to The Carlyle Group.

  • 260

    tower solutions deployed

  • 7,000

    docking installations

  • 100

    integration projects at airports

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