15 April 2004
15 April 2004
Aerospace and defence supplier, Polymeric Composites, has invested £2.1 million in a new facility in their hometown of Clevedon, North Somerset.
Polymeric Composites, part of the Ipeco Holdings Group, are involved in the design and manufacture of components and bonded structures using fibre reinforced composite and metallic materials.
The new premises will increase production space by more than 50 per cent with the building work due for completion during August 2004. The move of plant and equipment will be finalised at the end of this year.
Martin Want, Director and General Manager said “We have had a very good last five years and have seen growth not only in activity with our current customers but with the development of a new customer base. This site was the only one in the area that could accommodate our expansion plans and the investment by our parent company has demonstrated a huge level of confidence, not only in our skilled workforce but in the composite industry as a whole.”
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.