Umeco Composites Hold Corporate Open Day

28 September 2011

Umeco Composites had a Corporate Open Day in Heanor, Derbyshire on Friday 23rd September.

Umeco explain, the purpose of the Corporate Open Day was to showcase the use of Advanced Composites Group’s (ACG) prepreg materials in customers’ end products to local dignitaries, school children and customers, while also using the opportunity to promote engineering as a study subject and profession to a diverse audience.

All visitors were given the opportunity to tour Umeco Composites’ Technology Centre and R&D facilities, and the composites manufacturing facility of ACG. Everyone experienced at first hand how the Group develops and manufactures advanced composite materials. The tours ended with everyone having full access to a wide range of exhibits provided by some of Umeco’s customers, and gave visitors an insight into how the Group’s materials are used by its clients.

Exhibits included a full-scale model of the BLOODHOUND SSC, a Noble Automotive M600 sports car, Delta Motorsports’ all-electric vehicle, a Norton Commando 961 motorcycle, Force Protection’s Foxhound protected patrol vehicle, as well as a wide range of other applications from a number of high profile, valued customers. Also, Sean Rose, a UK medal-winning Paralympian, presented some equipment to demonstrate the application of composites in competitive and recreational sports.

Umeco Composites believes that it achieved its aim of promoting its engineering expertise at a local and national level, thereby mirroring the aim of the BLOODHOUND SSC project.

Jon Mabbitt, Managing Director of Umeco Composites Structural Materials, said “This was probably the biggest Open Day the Group has held, and we believe that the success of the event reflects the direction that the business is taking. We were delighted to have had so many of our partners present, and thank them for adding value by displaying the application of our composite materials. It was a very exciting day for us and our respected clients.” 

Phil Sherwood, Composites Technology Manager at ARRK Europe Ltd, commented “We were very pleased to have been asked to exhibit at Umeco Composites’ Open Day, and have the opportunity to show, as an end user of ACG’s prepregs, what can be accomplished with the right approach and skill set. Composites have a great future; we are very pleased to be associated with ACG.”

In further news, ACG congratulates Quantum Racing Team for their victory in the 2011 Audi MedCup TP52 Circuit Series, and also extends its congratulations to Longitud Cero, the yard which built the boat using ACG’s VTM260 series prepregs.

John Howard, ACG Marine Market Sector Manager, said: “We are delighted to learn of Quantum Racing Team’s success, and to have supplied VTM264 prepregs and VTA260 adhesive films to Longitud Cero. This was our first project with the yard and the build went well. The quality and attention to detail are obvious and no small contribution to the victory. We are sure that all involved are enjoying the moment and are already planning future ventures.”

According to ACG their VTM260 Series prepregs have a history of success spanning multiple America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Races victories. They say the Quantum Racing Team’s success in the TP52 class further cements ACG’s reputation as a manufacturer of world beating materials in the race boat market.

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