Formaplex expands composite tooling capacity

Composite and injection molding tooling specialist Formaplex has increased production space and invested significantly in new 5-axis machining equipment.

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Composite and injection molding tooling specialist Formaplex (Havant, Hampshire, U.K.) announced on May 2 that it has increased production space by 30 percent with the opening of a new 15,000 ft2/1,394m2 factory.

The pattern manufacturing part of Formaplex has been relocated into this new factory from Havant. In addition, further investment of £750,000 has been made in the pattern manufacturing business, with the order of two new large CMS Aries 4826 5-axis machines.

To capitalise on this expansion and investment, additional staffing has been hired both in the office and in manufacturing, and also in the design team to boost its capacity in pattern and tooling design. The new facility also boasts a separate inspection room and the whole facility benefits from high-capacity dust extraction.

In the last 12 months, Formaplex has doubled its manufacturing floor space to 85,000 ft2/7,897m2, invested an additional £1,750,000 in three other 5-axis machining centers and two large injection molding machines of 650 tons and 1,500 tons.

In addition to expansion within the pattern manufacturing business, the space vacated following the move is being used to expand the company’s toolmaking and metallic machining facilities. On the machining side it has invested in two DMG monoblock 5-axis machines to complement its current machines and aid the expansion of the aero work that is currently undertaken for the motorsport and wind tunnel industry.