TenCate expands U.K. plant

The expanded Langley Mill plant will become a Centre of Excellence for thermoset chemistry systems serving EMEA.

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TenCate Advanced Composites (Langley Mill, Nottingham, U.K.), a composite materials company, has announced plans for the growth and expansion of equipment and facilities at their manufacturing facility in Langley Mill. The U.K. plant will be a center of excellence for thermoset chemistry systems serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The substantial investment will bring additional capability and capacity for fabric and UD-based products, which are ideally suited to serving existing markets like Formula 1 motorsport, automotive and industrial markets.

Additionally, the upgrade will emphasize TenCate customer commitment to support markets such as space, satellites, radomes and select aerospace high-temperature end-user applications. Following the acquisition of Amber Composites in January 2013, the company has set out the strategies and plans that will support growth within its target markets and build on a strong portfolio of legacy products with proven capability. This includes the heritage TenCate trademarked AmberTool HX-series of tooling prepregs and pre-impregnated materials for the high-performance automobile markets. The U.K. facility of TenCate Advanced Composites and the additional increase of both capacity and capability is scheduled to be ready mid-2015.

Nick Tiffin, sales and marketing director of TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA says: "This is a very exciting time for the Langley Mill business, which has been producing composite materials for over 25 years. Our strategy and plans to grow the business clearly demonstrate our long-term commitment to the market and we look forward to being able to service existing and new customers with both prepreg and honeycomb products in the coming years. We clearly see the need for investment in Europe and balancing our manufacturing technology capability and capacity with the North American activities of TenCate, which has itself seen significant growth in previous years."

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