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Beakbane Limited, which employs more than 125 staff at its Kidderminster base, has moved into the use of composites, primarily as protection in the rail industry.
Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands has worked with the company to assist with the expansion into overseas markets, subsidising visits to trade shows across the world including the prestigious InnoTrans exhibition in Berlin. The Agency also provided funding for machinery used by the company in the manufacture of the composites.
Beakbane Managing Director Barry Reeves said: “While we started out making product in leather, we are always looking to new materials in order to keep our position in the market. Everything is produced domestically – steel, plastic and rubber covers are all cut, formed, welded, stitched, moulded and assembled on-site at Kidderminster. Moving into composites has given us an entirely new market to move into as we are able to take the very latest material technologies and apply them to other emerging technologies..”
Mike Clarke, Advantage West Midlands Rail Cluster Manager, said: “Beakbane Limited is one of our major suppliers within the rail sector. Their approach to embracing new technologies, looking to overseas markets and diversifying into new products and processes is something we are keen to encourage.”
Beakbane acquired the business of Flowonics Composites in July last year.
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