Wakefield-based Rhodes Interform has won a major aerospace project victory, recently completing the first phase of two for the refit of a 1989 3000 tonne ‘Chester Hydraulics’ SPF press at BAE Systems Samlesbury, which is an essential piece of equipment manufacturing major parts for the Eurofighter Typhoon.
The Rhodes Interform manufacturing plant in Wakefield.
Courtesy of Rhodes Group
Technical Director of Rhodes Interform, Peter Anderton, said: “This is a specialist ‘hot box’ repair ensuring that the strict temperature accuracies required during the manufacturing process are maintained. We won the contract thanks to our extensive expertise in manufacturing, designing and repairing SPF presses in the aerospace sector.
“The lockdown has obviously been a difficult time for the industry, but over the past few months we have won a number of contracts for the refurbishment of new machinery and equipment. We are very optimistic about the continuation of the recovery of the British aerospace sector.”
Rhodes Interform’s Machine Rebuilds provide customers with a cost-effective solution to dramatically improve equipment life and increase productivity. The company provides a comprehensive one-stop remanufacturing service, from arranging transport of the machine, if required, to the company’s maintenance center in Wakefield, to upgrading to new components and on-site recommissioning.
Rhodes Interform’s parent company Group Rhodes, based in West Yorkshire, has a 200 year history in metal forming and has also been manufacturing presses to form composite materials as far back as the 1930s. The company has won the Queen’s Awards for innovation and international trade in recent years, especially for his work in the aerospace sector.