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DTC Expands Competitive Consumable Offering for Composite Finishing Markets

22 November 2016

DTC Expands Competitive Consumable Offering for Composite Finishing Markets

Direct Tool Company (DTC) has had a successful first 3 quarters after taking on several big new composite customers and so expand their stocked selection of fast moving consumable lines to ensure speedy service.

According to DTC, the dynamic nature of the composites industry attracts engineers from all walks of life, all sharing the obsession of tinkering the infinite resin, fibre, tooling and processing variations to push the boundaries. This has resulted in new compounds being adopted by not only the likes of Lamborghini and NASA but far smaller local racing teams, explosive casing manufacturers and sports equipment manufacturers to name a few.

DTC, who explains that it started out in the Automotive industry, says it is quickly becoming the leading finishing supplier of tools and consumables for the UK and beyond. The Southampton based firm now supply all manner of businesses involved in finishing practises using composite materials. Typical customers include aerospace part manufacturers, automotive racing teams and a multitude of marine manufacturing and repair/refinish boatyards alike.

Having increased their foothold in these industries, DTC says it has taken firm measures to increase the stocked range of highly specific and performance composite consumables in their modern warehouse facility.

“With countless new innovations taking place almost daily in the world of composites, we work hard to stay ahead of our competitors by offering a current range of tools and consumables designed specifically for working with composite materials,” explained Mark Francis, Head of Procurement at DTC. “From new cutting blades to emerging abrasive compounds, we want to put ourselves at the forefront of the industry to not only supply the demand but consult on best practices,” he added.

A good example product that DTC says it was quick to invest in was electro-plated diamond cutting blades. Designed specifically for cutting carbon fibre compounds, the high grade blades come with a choice of grit and are fitted with a continuous rim to ensure a smooth, even and quality cut. Adopting precision blades like this result in reduced further finishing procedures after slicing and can save considerable time and money in the long run when compared to inferior products.

 


Photo provided by Direct Tool Company





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