Aerospace firm launches satellite site at ground-breaking manufacturing facility

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Baildon-based aerospace specialist, Produmax, has established a satellite site at a newly opened Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC)

The DMC has been built to solve complex engineering challenges, and uses state-of-the-art additive manufacturing (AM) processes, connectivity and pioneering engineering to enable companies operating at the forefront of their sectors.

the 21,500-sq ft facility is now fully operational and is set to play a key role in enabling innovators across the space, aerospace, motorsport, automotive, medical, industrial, oil & gas and marine industries.

It brings together metal, polymer and silicone AM processes with complementary machining, finishing and inspection for a fully-connected and complete process chain.

Jeremy Ridyard, MD of Produmax, said: “Our partnership with the DMC has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to expand beyond our traditional services, products, and customer base.

“Not only do we have greater geographical access, but we are now embracing the capabilities and benefits of additive manufacturing, offering these exciting processes to our customers while also providing the DMC with our extensive machining and metrology expertise.”

The DMC, which is part funded by the Government, is in Silverstone Park, Towcester, and was opened by MPs Andrea Leadsom, Andrew Lewer and Greg Smith.

Kieron Salter, CEO of the the centre, added: “This is a significant moment for us, the realisation of a vision.

“Undertaking construction and fit-out in the middle of a pandemic has not been without its challenges, but our team’s efforts speak for themselves.

“As the UK looks to ‘level up’ and ‘build back better’, the DMC will play a key role in enabling innovators in the UK and abroad, whether they are launching satellites or beating lap records.

“Not only are we bringing together innovative, state-of-the-art systems and equipment from across the industry, but we are also providing STEM jobs and valuable training opportunities.”