Bodycote, the world’s largest provider of heat treatments and specialist thermal processing services, held an official opening ceremony recently at its new facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), Rotherham, Yorkshire.
The new advanced heat-treatment center, now fully operational and supporting customer requirements, offers a range of heat-treatment services and has been established to support the aerospace and power generation markets in the U.K. and Europe.
The Rotherham facility was officially opened by Andy Greasley, executive vice president of Rolls-Royce’s Turbines Supply Chain Unit, in recognition of the enduring partnership between Bodycote and Rolls-Royce. Greasley said, “Heat treatment and processing are a vital part of our supply chain and Rolls-Royce is delighted to be supported by Bodycote on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham. Close coupling of this capability to our own Rolls-Royce business is critical for our future success and our relationship with Bodycote is one that we truly value.”
Also speaking at the event, AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) CEO Colin Sirett said the new center will bring a key capability to the Advanced Manufacturing Park. “We’ve got everything from aircraft parts through to carbon fiber chassis for supercars all being manufactured on this site; the one piece of the process that was missing was materials processing. We can cast; we can forge; we can assemble; we can machine, but the one key element that was missing is exactly what Bodycote brings to the park. So, it’s great to welcome the Bodycote team here and we are looking forward to working with them for many years to come.”
VIP delegates were also the first to hear about Bodycote’s plans for significant expansion of the new site, which includes the securing of extra units on the Advanced Manufacturing Park. Tom Gibbons, president of Bodycote’s aerospace, defense and energy division, said, “Due to customer demand and interest since the announcement of this new plant in July, we are investing in further capacity and technology. The additional space we secured here at Rotherham is nearly three times the size of our existing unit. We are committed to ensuring we are able to meet our customers’ demand in the years ahead.”
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