Prodrive Composites continues to focus on increasing production capacity at their Milton Keynes, UK operation through a series of facility and equipment upgrades.
This strategy underpins the company’s vision to forge closer partnerships with their customers and to meet the automotive industry’s growing demand for on-time, on-budget high-quality parts.
When complete, these facility enhancements will significantly increase productivity and open-up capacity to support large-scale customer programmes. The initiative began in 2018 and the company reports they are making strong and consistent progress towards their goals.
Other areas of business development will stem from the application of natural fibre composites components and the development of recycling of carbon fibres to support high volume demand and compliance with the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive.
Facility upgrades include:
To add further depth and scope to Prodrive’s continuous improvement drive, the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) is independently assessing the company’s overall performance. This includes all aspects of client interaction including customer support, reaction times and engagement.
Matt Bradney, Director of Business Development, Prodrive Composites, reports, “We have secured a new long-term contract with one of our customers on an existing platform as they look to onshore. Further discussions are taking place with other organisations along similar lines. All of these are large users of carbon fibre components but in very different application levels and market segments. They have been in the past and continue to be let down by their overseas supply chain. The current state of the exchange rates in the Eurozone and the US dollar means a UK supply route is becoming increasingly attractive. By investing in these machine upgrades and improving efficiencies at our Milton Keynes, UK facility we are perfectly positioned to respond and deliver.”
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