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Formaplex has become an associate member of the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK.
The company says it brings composite and plastic tooling expertise to the Centre and values this partnership to enhance its understanding of high pressure resin-transfer moulding.
Aerospace and automotive OEMs and suppliers are striving to reduce the production cycle times of composite components to provide credible light weight substitutes to traditional high-volume metal production solutions. The UK composites industry has led the way in autoclave production of high performance composite components. Formaplex says the NCC is now providing the platform for the next step in ensuring the UK remains at the cutting edge of composite technology development.
It also states that there are a lot of synergies with Formaplex’s current work in resin-transfer mould and injection-mould tool design with developments now being undertaken in its new composites R&D facility. Formaplex says the membership to NCC will give it the opportunity to collaborate with other companies also at the forefront of their fields of composite expertise.
Matt Sellens, Formaplex Business Development Manager, said, “The NCC is the focal point in the UK for reduced cycle time out-of-autoclave composite R&D. Formaplex will continue to be at the forefront of UK composite manufacturing by developing these exciting new technologies with the NCC, ultimately benefiting our ever expanding customer base.”
Tom Hitchings, Business Development Director of the NCC, added, “This is great news for the National Composites Centre. Formaplex brings considerable experience and expertise in composite tooling and machining, and we are very pleased to welcome them to our growing membership. We can now look forward to producing some of the world’s state-of-the-art tooling and machining solutions, activities that haven’t been tried anywhere else in the world.”
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