03 January 2017
03 January 2017
Norco Holdings has installed a new environmentally controlled room at its Aerospace facility, opening up new opportunities for product manufacture in the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors.
According to Norco, the room will allow it to create a temperature controlled environment, reducing the risk of environmental contamination and improving the production process for smaller autoclave prepreg components. The investment follows the acquisition of C&B Composites earlier in the year, when Norco installed an Autoclave to complement its existing out-of-Autoclave facilities.
Norco says that the installation of the new room comes at the end of a very successful 2016 which has seen the company experience strong growth in both its Composites and GRP business areas. Other investment in the Poole facility includes revamping the Aerospace manufacturing unit and installing a new spray booth and revised CNC machining and cutting workshop into two new units.
Mark Northey, MD of Norco Holdings, is delighted with the growth of the company, and is optimistic for the new year and the opportunities for Norco, “2016 has been a strong year for us. Having consolidated the business into two more distinct business units – Norco Composites and Norco GRP – the further investments we have made in equipment, facilities and personnel have all strengthened our capability to produce a wide range of high quality components. We are preparing for a busy start to 2017 and look forward to continuing the growth of Norco in the future.”
During the year Norco says it has maintained its market leading position within the marine sector, producing GRP hulls and decks for super-yacht manufacturers. In addition, it has increased its specialist composite work in the aerospace and defence communications sectors producing tools and components for Satellite, Radome, Automotive and Aerospace manufacturers.
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