Manufacturer wins £1m aerospace industry contract

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A Wakefield-based manufacturer has won a major contract within the aerospace industry worth approximately £1m.

Rhodes Interform, part of Group Rhodes has secured the work which will involve a major upgrade of a 3,000 ton Chester Superplastic Forming press at a plant in Lancashire. The press is used to form major titanium aerofoil components.

The project forms part of a continual obsolescence programme by the plant and involves upgrades to control software, hydraulic systems, gas management system, platen heating controls and hard wiring replacement.

Rhodes Interform’s technical director, Peter Anderton, said: “We are delighted with this latest contract win, which is testament to the expertise of our team in technical repair, maintenance and upgrade of mechanical and hydraulic presses.

“We have seen a major upsurge in the last few months in contracts with the aerospace industry and we are excited about what this means for our business.”

Rhodes Interform’s machine refurbishments offer customers a cost-effective solution to dramatically improve equipment life and increase productivity.

The company provides a refurbishment service, from arranging where necessary for the machine to be transported to the company’s maintenance facility in Wakefield, through to retrofitting new components and re-commissioning on site.

Its parent company, Group Rhodes, based in West Yorkshire, has a 200-year metalforming history and has also been manufacturing presses to form composite materials from as early as the 1930s.

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