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Expansion Will Allow Brookhouse To Meet Increasing Demand

26 October 2001

An extensive development programme at Brookhouse Composites Ltd, of Darwen, will significantly expand the company’s composites manufacturing and repair capacity.

It is being carried out because of increasing demand from existing and new customers in the aerospace and automotive sectors and will allow Brookhouse to be one of the few companies in the country to offer full processing capability for the manufacture and repair of composite components.

The expanded facilities will be located in the company’s newly-acquired Holme Mill in Darwen, which provides 5000m² of floor space and is adjacent to Brookhouse’s existing India Mill factory complex. A special feature will be a 900m² clean room, constructed to Class 100k standards, to meet the exacting standards of the aerospace industry. The new clean room is nearly three times larger than the existing clean room at India Mill.

The expansion will also see the installation of two further autoclaves. These will complement Brookhouse’s existing three autoclaves at India Mill, which range in size from 1.3m to 3.35m in diameter and from 3.0m to 6.71 m in length. The new autoclaves will be 2m diameter by 4m long and 3m diameter by 12 m long, so providing Brookhouse with the capability to handle an extremely wide range of composite components, in terms of both size and geometry.






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