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Lightweight engineering specialist Formaplex has created a Tooling Centre of Excellence to support the company's programme of investment and growth.

Portsmouth-based Formaplex has a solid reputation as a partner in the aerospace and high end automotive industries, for tooling and engineered lightweight components for companies such as Rolls Royce and Gordon Murray.

Established for almost 20 years on the south coast, Formaplex's creation of a Tooling Centre of Excellence will enable them to capitalise on a drive across multiple industries for improved performance with lower CO2 emissions.

The company’s specialist tooling teams and associated equipment are now together under one roof at its Cosham facility, where custom tools are assembled for global name customers, as well as supporting the tooling needs of the business. 

The new Centre will enable enhanced quality control, improved production processes and a lighter carbon footprint for the business, which supplies to leading manufacturers across multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, medical, defence and oil and gas sectors. 

Adrian Chapman, Managing Director of DES, said: “This modern UK facility will support the comprehensive, integrated tooling solutions we provide and is illustrative of the confidence within Formaplex as we look to the future. We have grown from a successful automotive tooling business with a handful of employees to a manufacturer of lightweight components for multiple industries, and we now employ over 600 people across four advanced manufacturing facilities. 

 “A centralised bench assembly centre, continual investment in new equipment and growing demand for lightweighting across industries put us in a very good place to strengthen our expertise and capabilities in multiple sectors.”

Formaplex has an established reputation as a ‘one stop shop’ supplier of advanced engineering design and manufacture. The company specialises in the integration of carbon fibre, composite and polymer components across a range of sectors for weight reduction and strength at all stages, which means products can be more compact and economical to run.

These lightweight principles have applications for projects as diverse as a lighter weight robotic arm for surgical procedures, a giant super efficient jet engine and satellite technology.

Adrian Chapman added: “Lightweighting is being recognised as the answer to design challenges across manufacturing, where lighter weights and lower carbon emissions are firmly part of the future.”


Kate Buckle
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