Award winning engineering firm, Group Rhodes finalised a £2.2 million order from Long March (China) at the Farnborough 2012 International Air show. The Chinese company purchased a Rhodes 1200 tonne Super Plastic Forming/ Diffusion Bonding (SPF/DB) Press, which will be used to produce equipment and components for new civil aircraft.
This is to be the 7th Rhodes SPF/DB press sold into China over the last five years. With strong local representation in China, and a history of successful new installations, Group Rhodes has become known as a reliable provider of an excellent product that meets the international requirements of the Chinese aerospace industry.
The Rhodes SPF/DB Press is specifically designed for high temperature forming of titanium and aluminium alloys. The low density and high strength to weight ratio of these alloys places them at the forefront of the race to achieve more “green” fuel efficient aerospace technologies.
In 2010 the Company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, for its range of SPF/DB machinery, and in 2012 gained the same honour for International Trade.
Other recent contract wins include a £2.5m order from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (India) for a 10,600 tonne Polymer Die Press. The press which measures an impressive 4m wide x 3m deep x 8m high and weighs in excess of 136 tonnes will produce components for both civil and military aircraft.
Group Rhodes, managing director, Mark Ridgway OBE, commented: “We had to overcome fierce international competition to win these latest orders. It was our track record in supplying innovative and state-of-the-art machinery that provided our customers with the confidence to place the business with us.”