Rockwood Composites Celebrating 10 Years of Growth

October 12 (2020

Rockwood Composites is celebrating 10 years of rapid growth, with a six-fold increase in the workforce and turnover increasing almost 10-fold.

This has included over 50% growth as compared to last year in the midst of huge uncertainty for the engineering and manufacturing sectors. Rockwood has gone from strength to strength recently in the face of the pandemic increasing turnover strongly and continued recruiting throughout with a 20% increase in staff in the last six months.

Rockwood designs and manufactures composite components using out-of-autoclave techniques, compression and bladder molding of prepreg composite material in metal tooling.

Rockwood has been supplying a wide range of industries, including aerospace, marine, defense and nuclear and has established a proven track record of delivering complex structures.

Highlights include:

• Delivering the 2,500th part to Roxel, a European manufacturer of tactical propulsion systems.
• Worked with HAECO to revolutionize aircraft seating for the business market by developing and manufacturing a completely new style to the industry.
• Development of the towed decoy launch structure for the Eurofighter on behalf of Babcock.
• Celebrating 10 years with Leonardo with the production of the 10,000th blade for the towed decoy on the Eurofighter.
• Winner of a Composites UK Innovation in Manufacture Award.
• Designed and manufactured a wide range of high end cosmetic and engineering composite parts for the interiors of some of the world’s largest airlines.
• Designed and manufactured cryogenic suspension bands from pre-preg material for use in MRI scanners, including a patented method of supporting the bands.
• Designed and manufactured a range of relatively low-cost medical knee braces.
• Researched the use of composites in high voltage insulation for the development program for ITER’s nuclear fusion reactor.
• Employed composites in the central core of the UK’s newest fusion device, Tokamak Energy’s ST40, with a very precise application of a glass-fiber/Kapton/glass-fiber insulation layer.

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