Rockwood Composites, based in Newton Abbot, UK, says that it has increased its workforce by 50% in the last six months.

The company is also reportedly building two new 100 tonne presses, which will be on stream in October. The presses will be used to apply heat and pressure needed to cure raw composites materials into components and structures. These are used in a range of industries including aerospace, defence, nuclear energy and medical technology.

Rockwood has also invested in a Hurco CNC machining center which uses CAD-CAM in conjunction with CNC machining to produce three-dimensional tooling and make detail machining of the molded parts.

‘The composites industry, particularly the aerospace sector, is experiencing rapid growth, and we are seeing this with more enquiries and more orders,’ said Mark Crouchen, MD of Rockwood Composites.

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