Formaplex has announced that they have become an associate member of the National Composites Centre in Bristol. Formaplex will bring its 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 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.
There are a lot of synergies with Formaplex’ current work in resin transfer mould and injection mould 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.
Tom Hitchings, Business Development Director of the NCC, said:
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.