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Moldex Composites Facility in India Now Operational

12 December 2010

Ian Thomson and Dr Rob Neumann have teamed up with Indian businessman Parag Rajda to offer composites products at cost effective pricing from a newly opened purpose built facility in a Special Economic Zone at Sachin, Surat, Gujarat, India.

Surat is 300kms north of Mumbai, it is a textiles district with over 750,000 weaving looms it is also a worldwide centre for diamond polishing and jewellery manufacture. It is from this local textiles/garment and diamond/jewellery industry that Moldex says it has been able to recruit staff who are already experienced in working with fabrics and in addition accustomed to detailed high quality handwork.

Moldex has the following technology capabilities and manufacturing facilities. For design and development, Dassault Systems CAD software Catia V5 is implemented across the company. Moldex utilises the industry recognised standard software PowerMill from Delcam for CNC programming. Co-ordinate Measuring is provided using PowerInspect software also from Delcam combined with a high quality touch probe on our 5 axis CMS Ares CNC using the principal of on machine verification. To streamline manufacturing and minimise material usage Gemini software is used for digitising and editing of hand or CAD produced templates, which are then nested to optimise material usage before cutting. Moldex is initially specialising in hand lamination and autoclave or oven curing of parts made from either and/or carbon* & glass fibre/epoxy prepreg. (*also known as graphite fiber).

Moldex is particularly proud of its Class 8 Clean Room dedicated to prepreg. laminating and vacuum bagging. With floor area of 120sqm, it is a fully temperature, humidity and dust controlled area, with an airlock entry/exit to restrict contamination. From there parts are taken for processing in a 1.5m diameter, 4.5m long Autoclave with a temperature capability of 220C and 10 bar pressure. This autoclave has state of the art full PLC programming & data recording. Storage of prepreg materials is in two, fully monitored, large walk in freezers, one for stock the other for materials being used in the current manufacturing cycle.

Moldex market supply split is planned as 40% aerospace, 40% automotive/motorsport, 20% other. Moldex currently manufacturing various automotive panels and prototyping aerospace components. ISO 9001 and AS9100 certification implementation in progress





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