Formaplex (Hampshire, UK) an engineering company which designs and manufactures tooling and lightweight components for the automotive, aerospace, defense and motor sports markets, has been awarded three major certifications, adding to the ISO 9001 and UKAS management systems that are already in place.
According to Formaplex, the TS 16949: 2009 is the most “prestigious award within the automotive industry,” gaining accreditation is testament to their commitment of supplying quality assured products, such as interior and exterior molded components to OEM’s and Tier 1 suppliers.
The company’s recent audit by Bentley Motors Ltd achieved a Grade A status, VW Formel Q certification. This approval will raise their profile within the Volkswagen Group, gaining approval from Bugatti, Lamborgini, Porsche, Audi, VW, Seat, Skoda and Ducati.
The company’s third major certification secured this year is AS9100C for manufacturing and machining composite components for aerospace, defense and space industries. With a strong history for manufacturing complex composite and aluminum components, achieving the AS9100C accreditation will increase their business potential and further their approval within the sectors. The award is an acknowledgement of their complete quality management systems and underscores their ability to manufacture products to meet customer and regulatory requirements. A NADCAP level 8 climate controlled clean room has recently been approved and a new Maroso 6m x 3m autoclave for curing large composite components supports their manufacturing capacity for existing and potential customers within aerospace, defense, automotive and motorsport industries.
This year, Formaplex investments already include new FTP Raid and Belloti 5 axis CNC milling machines for precision engineering of tooling and large composite and aluminum components, such as wing structures, up to 4m in length. The additional machinery has increased production capacity, which already extends to 24/7 operations to meet time critical delivery schedules. The company’s plant list includes 40 CNC milling machines and 11 injection mold presses ranging from 3500t - 55t, with 6 axis and 3 axis robots.
Another recent investment this year, is a new Dea Global measuring machine for the metrology department, providing dimensional inspection of mechanical components with tight tolerances, complex geometries and free form surfaces.
The company specializes in the design and manufacture of tooling and lightweight components. The group achieved sales of £38.7 million in 2014, employing over 300 staff.
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