The Army Base Repair Organisation
(ABRO) was an executive agency
which reported to the United Kingdom
's Ministry of Defence
. It provided engineering, repair and re-manufacturing services to the British Armed Forces
and also to the police and some local councils. ABRO was a UK Government Trading Fund established by The ABRO Trading Fund Order 2002
from 1 April 2002
. ABRO traced its history back to the foundation of the Corps of Armourers in 1858.
ABRO's Head Office was located in Andover with major units at Bovington, Catterick Garrison, Colchester, Donnington, Stirling and Warminster. Smaller sites were located at Bicester, Edinburgh, Sennybridge and York.
On 22 May 2007 it was announced by the Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support, Lord Drayson, that ABRO would be merged with DARA, the Defence Aviation Repair Agency to become the Defence Support Group with effect from April 1 2008.
Vision and Mission
Prior to the merger with DARA the Trading Fund had established the following mission and vision:
To become a strong commercial business, providing
excellent services to a range of customers, valuable
employment opportunities to a diverse workforce and
supply base, and long-term value to its shareholders.
To be the preferred supplier of fleet management services
to our customers.
As a Trading Fund, ABRO has a turnover of £137 M, profit of £5.0 M and ROCE of 6.8%. Prior to the announcement of the merger with DARA, it was widely expected that ABRO would be sold into the private sector. However, this possibility has now been deferred at least for several years.
ABRO employed about 2100 staff.