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11th November 2019, Newton Abbot

Advanced compression moulding for missile parts

Matched-metal compression moulding at Rockwood. © Rockwood Composites

Matched-metal compression moulding at Rockwood. © Rockwood Composites

Rockwood Composites, based in Newton Abbot, UK, has now delivered 2,500 parts to Roxel, the French-headquartered leading manufacturer of tactical propulsion systems, at the half-way point of a contract which ends in May 2021.

The suite of parts includes covers and screens for air-to-air and air-to-ground missile systems made from a high temperature glass-epoxy pre-preg with Rockwood’s matched-metal compression moulding. Their complex features and overall thicknesses need to be tightly controlled and all parts are fully CNC machined and supplied paint ready on a just in time basis

 “As a specialist in compression and bladder moulding, we have taken component manufacture to the next level,” says managing director Mark Crouchen These processes allow an extraordinary variety of parts to be made with levels of complexity that other methods would find hard to match. The partnership with Roxel has enabled us to apply this technology consistently over the years.” 

​Rockwood designs and manufactures composite components using out-of-autoclave techniques compression and bladder moulding of pre-preg composite material in metal tooling.

The team at Rockwood has been supplying aerospace, defence and nuclear industries for over 25 years with a proven track record of delivering complex structures. It will continue to provide parts to Roxel at a rate of around 120 per month.

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