05 April 2016
05 April 2016
RAMPF Group has officially launched its new core competency RAMPF Composite Solutions.
RAMPF explains that, with the integration of the Canadian company APEX Composites into the Group, it now also offers a complete suite of services including composite part design and engineering, tool making, tailored fibre placement, composite manufacturing to very tight tolerances, and metal-to-composite conversion engineering.
“RAMPF Composite Solutions enters the global composites market as a holistic supplier to companies in the aerospace and medical industries,” says Michael Rampf, CEO of RAMPF Holding. “RAMPF Composite Solutions stands for excellence in quality, speed-to-market, and dedicated customer service in all areas of composites engineering, manufacturing, and recycling. It provides state-of-the-art solutions in advanced carbon fibre and fibreglass composites, using the latest technologies."
Core competencies include VARTM, resin infusion, metal plating, and value-added assembly.
RAMPF says its Composite Solutions is completely vertically integrated, offering project management, product development engineering, dedicated NPI services, tool design and manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. “We have the personnel – 75 highly skilled and motivated composite experts –, the know-how, and the infrastructure to quickly generate production processes for demanding designs of complex precision composite structures,” says Gerry Kavanaugh, Founder of APEX Composites and now Director & CEO of RAMPF Composite Solutions based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
“The decision to expand RAMPF’s existing portfolio of products and solutions to include lightweight composites is based on an elaborate business development plan and a meticulously structured M&A process”, explains Michael Rampf. On the one hand, potential new business opportunities were identified on the basis of so-called “mega-trends”, global drivers of change which fundamentally influence industries and markets, amongst others demographic change, urbanisation, mobility, digitalisation, and health care. On the other, potential new business fields were analysed with regards to RAMPF’s ability to utilise already existing skills, competencies, know-how, and synergies between the RAMPF companies.
“In both cases, our conclusion was the same: lightweight composites is the business field with the greatest potential for RAMPF,” emphasises Michael Rampf.
Furthermore, RAMPF adds, it will be able to strengthen its position in the NAFTA markets. As of now, it is operating in these markets with RAMPF Composite Solutions and RAMPF GROUP, the North American subsidiary of the RAMPF Group, which specialises in RAKU-TOOL products and solutions for modeling and mould engineering.
“In point of fact, the incorporation of APEX Composites represents another major step in the internationalisation of the RAMPF Group”, Michael Rampf points out. “Over the course of just 35 years, RAMPF has developed from a one-man operation into one of the world’s leading companies in the fields of engineering and chemical solutions. With our new core competency RAMPF Composite Solutions, we will now write a new chapter in this unique success story – this time in Canada.”
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