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TenCate Advanced Composites plans expansion at its UK manufacturing plant

According to TenCate, the UK plant will be a centre of excellence for thermoset chemistry systems serving the EMEA region.

7th October 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Almelo

Industrial, Transport/​Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Construction

TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading composite materials company, has announced plans for the growth and expansion of equipment and facilities at their manufacturing facility in Langley Mill, Nottingham, UK, as part of their growth strategy.

The UK plant will be a centre of excellence for thermoset chemistry systems serving the EMEA region, the company believes.

The substantial investment is expected to bring additional capability and capacity for fabric and UD based products, which are said to be well suited to serving existing markets like Formula 1 motorsport, automotive and industrial markets.

Strong portfolio

The upgrade will also emphasise TenCate customer commitment to support markets such as space, satellites, radomes and select aerospace high temperature end-user applications.

Following the acquisition of Amber Composites in January 2013, the company has set out the strategies and plans that would support growth within its target markets and build on a strong portfolio of legacy products with proven capability.

This includes the heritage TenCate AmberTool HX-series of tooling prepregs and pre-impregnated materials for the high performance automobile markets. The UK facility of TenCate Advanced Composites and the additional increase of both capacity and capability are scheduled to be ready by mid 2015.

Commitment to the market

“This is very exciting time for the Langley Mill business which has been producing composite materials for over 25 years,” said Nick Tiffin, Sales and Marketing Director of TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA.

“Our strategy and plans to grow the business clearly demonstrate our long term commitment to the market and we look forward to being able to service existing and new customers with both prepreg and honeycomb products in the coming years. We clearly see the need for investment in Europe and balancing our manufacturing technology capability and capacity with the North American activities of TenCate, which has itself seen significant growth in previous years.”

TenCate Advanced Composites

TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production of thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg composites.

Its product portfolio is incorporated in automotive products, aerospace applications, medical equipment and numerous other industrial applications. TenCate Advanced Composites has production facilities and operations in Europe and North America and distributors in Asia.

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