Based in Gloucester, AIS is a global supplier of insulation, passive fire protection, buoyancy, and cable protection systems. Co-founded by Simon Shepherd and Andrew Bennion in 2007, the company provides advanced materials essential for industries where system failure could have severe consequences, such as the energy, industrial, automotive, chemical, and marine sectors. Since its founding, AIS has grown through acquisitions and established subsidiaries in 13 countries. The company’s entry into offshore wind and automotive markets led to a more than 70% increase in revenues year-on-year, reaching £111.2m in 2023, the same year AIS was honoured with the King’s Award for Enterprise.