Carbon fiber specialist Magma Structures (Portsmouth, U.K.) recently reported expansion- and project-related news. First, the company says it has completed a 2,000-m2/21,527-ft2 extension at its waterside facilities in Trafalgar Wharf, Portsmouth. The new unit is being used to manufacture the company's latest carbon composite superyacht rig project.
Magma Structures also has been sponsoring British sailor Nick Cherry in the 2013 Solitaire du Figaro single-handed race which recently finished in Dieppe after four legs. Cherry, who is a four-time British National Match Race Champion, finished 17th overall out of fleet of 41 sailors. Setting out on the final leg, the Figaro fleet had a very wet and windy ride along the South Coast of the UK with winds of 30+ knots. The challenging 1,938 nautical mile race took place over four legs starting from Bordeaux in early June, sailing down to Spain and Portugal before finishing in Dieppe on June 23.
On the employee side, Magma Structures has been steadily growing over the past 12 months and the company now employs 15 people in its design office with a further 75 involved in the production of carbon fiber projects. The company is in the process of recruiting a number of graduate engineers and designers to work on its growing order of book of projects.
On the projects side, the company says work is well advanced on a number of orders to build some of the world's most technical and innovative, free-standing carbon fiber composite masts longer than 70m/230 ft. Magma Structures is undertaking all the structural design, prototyping, test and build of the highly technical rigs as well as commissioning the rigs, controls, sails, automation and monitoring systems.
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