£1m re­search cen­tre will help man­u­fac­tur­ing plant get ahead

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

A £1 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment cen­tre has been built at an aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Adling­ton.

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley was in­vited to Se­nior Aero­space BWT to open the new cen­tre, which will be ded­i­cated to re­search and de­vel­op­ment.

Dar­ren But­ter­worth, Se­nior Aero­space BWT chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, ex­plained that the cen­tre will play an in­no­va­tive role in pro­duc­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of com­pos­ite prod­ucts and will un­der­pin the firm’s growth plans.

He said: “This sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment is part of our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion and busi­ness growth which will help main­tain BWT’s po­si­tion as a world leader in the de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of light­weight low pres­sure air distribution duct­ing sys­tems for air­craft.

“We have been pre­par­ing for the open­ing for over 12 months. It has in­volved ex­ten­sive spe­cific train­ing for a core team of en­gi­neer­ing spe­cial­ists who are now pro­gress­ing with the R&D work.”

Se­nior BWT, which em­ploys 400 peo­ple, has just started work on the gov­ern­ment-funded Shar­ing in Growth pro­gramme to sup­port its growth am­bi­tions.

The new fa­cil­ity com­prises of two main func­tional ar­eas – tex­tiles and process. The tex­tiles room houses an art tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing ma­chine which al­lows the busi­ness to de­velop and pro­duce novel com­pos­ite pre­forms in a wide va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als.

The process room is a flex­ile man­u­fac­tur­ing area de­signed with cli­mate con­trol, a com­pos­ites pro­cess­ing oven, ma­te­rial han­dling equip­ment, and fume and dust ex­trac­tion.

The new cen­tre will fo­cus on dry fi­bre com­pos­ite pre­forms which are be­ing de­vel­oped to re­duce cost, weight, cy­cle times, and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact, which are crit­i­cal in the aero­space market.

Mr Rut­ley, who also toured the pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity, said: “This new fa­cil­ity en­sures that Se­nior Aero­space BWT will con­tinue to thrive in com­pet­i­tive ex­port mar­kets. The busi­ness is al­ready a lead­ing em­ployer in the lo­cal area and it was good to see how they are mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment for the fu­ture. With their skilled work­force and state of the art ma­chin­ery, the com­pany is well placed to see con­tin­ued suc­cess in the aero­space market in the years ahead.”

Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley meets staff from Se­nior Aero­space BWT in Adling­ton

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