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2nd November 2016, Dorset

Norco acquires C&B Composites

Norco, a leading specialist in GRP/composite mouldings, has acquired C&B Composites, a manufacturer of carbon fibre components. The sale, which concluded last month, includes all of the equipment currently located at C&B’s Poole facility and also the transfer of all existing C&B personnel to Norco’s Holton Heath site.

“C&B Composites is thrilled to become part of Norco. We have many skills and ideas that we are excited to bring to the table, whilst benefitting from Norco’s existing marketing capability, client base, and support structure. There is a fantastic synergy between C&B and Norco, which we are looking forward to capitalising upon in the near future, as we expand into new markets together,” commented Joseph Salmon, Production Director at C&B Composites.

Significant benefits

The consolidation of the C&B business into Norco is set to bring about some significant benefits for both companies, according to the manufacturer. For example, the two autoclaves from C&B will enable Norco to offer the aerospace sector both autoclave and out-of-autoclave production, which will expand Norco’s expertise and capability in this important and growing market.

The sale concluded last month. © Norco

The skills base and the personnel transferring from C&B will help enhance Norco’s current capability in composite component manufacturing. For C&B, the purchase comes after a period of change for the business and will provide an increased level of stability for employees, in addition to opening up new opportunities for career development, Norco reports.

Strengthening composite production

With the recent organisational changes at Norco, and with the formation of Norco Composites and Norco GRP as two distinct businesses, there is an increasing emphasis on developing both these businesses. The purchase of C&B is a positive statement of intent by Norco to further strengthen its composite production capability.

“We are really excited to have acquired the wealth of knowledge, skills and client base that Joseph Salmon and his team can offer. This will greatly assist us in further expansion in the aerospace and automotive sectors and we are looking forward to welcoming them into the Norco family structure,” commented Mark Northey, Managing Director, Norco.

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