PPA Group opens new U.K. composites facility

The new composites facility in North Wales will provide wet layup, repair and resin infusion manufacturing services for the aerospace market.

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The PPA Group (Deeside, U.K.), a manufacturer of aviation, automotive and marine components, has opened a new Composite Facility at its North Wales headquarters. The company’s new €120,000 composites facility enables wet lay-up, repair and resin infusion manufacture, with dust extraction-equipped lay-up and trim rooms, multiple ovens sized up to 3m by 2m by 2m (roughly 10 ft by 6.5 ft by 6.5 ft) and 3-axis and 5-axis machining capability as well as a dedicated materials storage facility. The company has also invested in a knowledge transfer partnership with the University of Manchester, investigating and developing new innovations in composite repair and new techniques in composite design and manufacture.

The PPA Group has been fulfilling increased orders of composite aircraft components including fairings, ducting, tray assemblies and interior components made from a range of resins and fibers, and sees this new facility and technology investment as enabling it to provide continuing quality service to Airbus and BAE Systems.

According to operations manager, Steve Moon, “This investment will put the PPA Group at the forefront of composite repair and manufacture. With the emergence of new technologies and the rising trend in the use of composite materials, we made this substantial investment to ensure we remain a competitive and dynamic organization. We are looking forward to realizing a good return on this expenditure, which will inevitably result in the growth of our sales and workforce.”

To date, the manufacturing workforce has increased by 10 percent with potential to expand a further 15 percent in the near future.  Established in 1997, The PPA Group produces non-metallic components and assemblies for executive jets and commercial aircraft, and is an approved aerospace supplier per Airbus, BAE Systems, Hawker, Beechcraft and Raytheon Aircraft USA.