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£15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is beginning production at Prodrive

News International-French

18 Oct 2013

In the biggest composites supply contract in its history, the company is to supply most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the most prestigious vehicle manufacturers. To support this, and other recent orders, Prodrive has recruited and is training another 40 production technicians.

The most complex component in the new contract is the front body assembly which integrates the parts from 16 separate pieces of tooling into a single structure. The greatest challenge for component finish is on the interior parts, which use a uniquely tactile surface that required a considerable development programme (leading to a new, proprietary technology) and is a first for a production vehicle interior.

Continual innovation by Prodrive in new moulding processes, combined with the company’s proven high quality and expertise in design and analysis, has led to a strong and sustained growth in its composites business. Having doubled manufacturing capacity during the last couple of years, expansion continues with the new contract leading directly to the recruitment and training of another 40 production technicians, taking the total number of employees at its composite facility in Milton Keynes to 160.

In the enlarged composites facility, craft skills co-exist with rigorous processes to allow Prodrive to deliver the same high quality standards by the most cost-effective route, whether in motorsport quantities or for OE automotive applications. Cartwright sees great value in this arrangement.

About Prodrive Composites:
Prodrive Composites is a part of the Prodrive group of businesses. It is based in central Milton Keynes in a 32,000 sq ft. manufacturing facility and employs more than 160 staff. It it works in the automotive, aerospace, defence and motorsport sectors.

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