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25th September 2018, Wakefield

Group Rhodes set to showcase superplastic forming

Group Rhodes will be showcasing its bespoke composite and metal forming machinery expertise in these technologies at the Advanced Engineering Show taking place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from 31 October to 1 November.

The company is a market leader in the field of superplastic forming (SPF) and diffusion bonding (DB), having designed, manufactured and installed titanium and aluminium forming cells for leading aerospace and automotive manufacturers worldwide.

Composite forming facility that Group Rhodes manufactured for the AMRC in South Yorkshire. © Group Rhodes

Group Rhodes composite machinery is used to produce structural components for production road cars as well as flight critical components for a variety of aircraft. The company also offers a wide range of cold forming technologies for specialist metal-forming applications across a number of industrial sectors.

“We are looking forward to exhibiting our composite and metal forming capabilities at Advanced Engineering 2018,” said CEO Mark Ridgway. “Our equipment is at the cutting edge and is used by some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies to develop major new products.”

Recent projects completed by the company include manufacturing two SPF/DB presses for a North American aircraft manufacturer (rated at 850 and 1,800 US tonnes respectively) and a 1,000-Tonne multi axis composite moulding press for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in South Yorkshire, UK. The press for the AMRC is being used as part of a state-of-the-art facility to assist a wide range of UK companies to stay at the leading edge of composite development.

All Group Rhodes machinery is supported by an aftermarket spares and service team, which maintains the company’s equipment throughout the world.

Advanced Engineering 2018 is attended by a number of leading OEMs and supply chain professionals who want to see the latest technologies and solutions across aero engineering, automotive engineering, composites engineering, connected manufacturing, performance metals engineering and contract manufacturing.

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