Formaplex (Havant, Hampshire, U.K.) has become an associate member of the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, U.K. Formaplex brings composite and plastic tooling expertise to the Centre and values this partnership to enhance its understanding of high-pressure resin transfer molding.
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. The NCC is now providing the platform for the next step in ensuring the UK remains at the cutting edge of composite technology development.
There are a lot of synergies with Formaplex’ current work in resin transfer mold and injection mold tool design with new developments now being undertaken in its new composites R&D facility. The membership will give Formaplex the opportunity to collaborate with other companies also at the forefront of their fields of composite expertise.
Matt Sellens, Formaplex Business Development Manager, says “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 customer base.”
Tom Hitchings, business development director of the NCC, adds “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.”
For more information about Formaplex, visit www.formaplex.com.