Atlas Composites (East Midlands, U.K.) is celebrating 15 years of service to the U.K. composites manufacturing community with a nostalgic look back over the last decade and a half in business.
Since inception in 1997, Atlas Composites designed and manufactured composites structures for motorsport, satellite communications, energy-saving solutions and more recently composites for aerospace and military programs.
By March 2004, and with the economy prospering, Atlas Composites had outgrown its initial 3,450-ft2/329m2 Belfield Street site and consequently relocated to a 25,000-ft2/2,322m2 state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on the outskirts of Ilkeston that now houses 68 employees, one of whom is quality systems manager John Davie, who joined Atlas Composites in October 2001 and retires at the end of May as one of its longest serving employees.
Reflecting on his 11 years with Atlas, Davie explains, “I joined Atlas from Rolls-Royce plc to initially manage the Quality and Inspection department at the Belfield Street site as part of a relatively small team of approximately 18 – 20 people. As our Aerospace Engineering client base grew my Quality Systems Management role became more involved and additional staff were brought in to oversee and develop our final inspection process to an AS 9102-compliant standard”
Having originally attained AS 9100 accreditation in 2005, Atlas Composites was one of the first U.K. composites manufacturers in August 2011 to secure the prestigious AS 9100 REV C accreditation – the quality management standard required to meet the rigorous demands of flight-critical applications for commercial and military aircraft, fixed and rotary wing.
Atlas Composites is also currently working towards SC21 Bronze recognition, a change program designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the U.K. aerospace and defense industry.
Atlas Composites has a turnover of about £4 milllion per year and provides a complete concept-to-component service, manufacturing a diverse range of carbon, glass and Kevlar fiber composite components and tooling.
Atlas’ current list of aerospace customer approvals includes Airbus, Agusta Westland, BAE Systems, Bombardier, GKN Aerospace, Lockheed Martin U.K., Insys, MBDA, Meggit Thermal Systems, Nordham and Thales.