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Canoe measuring jig

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19 Jun 2012

epm technology are best known as a leading composite component supplier to Aerospace and F1 markets but now through a new business division, selling special project engineering services epm have delivered their first contribution to the London Olympic games.

“We are obviously very pleased to be involved in any way with the London summer Games” explains MD and owner of epm technology group Graham Mulholland.  “This is especially interesting to me as in my younger days I was a Slalom Canoeist and my competition canoe was made from composite materials which regularly needed a repair and that’s the spark which contributed to the development of epm technology group, which I started in 1996.  We are therefore really pleased about our first contribution to this summer’s games and being connected to Slalom Canoeing.”


Mulholland explains “epm technology has designed and manufactured the measuring equipment for Canoe Slalom UK, to supply to the International Canoe Federation.  The equipment has already been used in a warm up event at the Cardiff Canoe Slalom World Cup Race 1.  Now proven they are all ready for the main event, the Olympic Races to be held at Lee Valley White Water Centre from 29th July to 2nd August.”


Mulholland continued “Designing a piece of equipment to efficiently measure over 500 competition canoes through a pre-race scrutineering process was an interesting challenge for epm.  The project has developed into a dry run for our new project engineering/knowledge exchange services, which in time will be helping customers to solve problems and help future non-composite customers to design products and understand composites better.  This can then develop into producing one off components or components in batch production runs that require full engineering support.  Once the projects have been proven they can even be transferred back to the client for them to manage their own production requirements if required or we continue to support their requirements.”


“In our immediate past there has been a 12m yacht table for the world’s most expensive privately owned yacht, 7.2m clock hands for The Harmony Clock Tower in China and now this critical calibrated measuring equipment for the summer games, these have all gone through a formal process to support new customers to composites.   It therefore makes sense to formalize these activities into their own division, offering chargeable services.  This is all about knowledge and technology delivery.”


 This clearly splits epm into three core activities, F1 component manufacture and assembly supply, project engineering and know-how exchange and production of composite parts that are complex and/or structural in a batch production environment for Aerospace and Automotive markets.


Mulholland concluded “It is funny how things come full circle from being a Slalom Canoeist competing, week in week out.  To supporting the sport using the know-how from the business, the sport itself ‘in no small way’ contributed to making epm what it is today.”


About epm

epm: technology is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the development of composite component solutions. Since its launch in 1996, it has pioneered an innovative business approach that has firmly established itself at the forefront of the high tech engineering/manufacturing sector.

Combining technical expertise alongside state-of-the-art production facilities, epm has contributed to the winning formula enjoyed by four Formula 1 teams as well as working closely with World touring cars and British touring car teams. epm also works with a wide range of vehicle manufactures, including Aston Martin and other niche vehicle manufactures.

Having firmly established itself within the UK market, epm has gone through a number of mergers and acquisitions, helping to establish the company as one-to-watch, and aims to further build on its reputation within the global market.

It operates from its technical centre in Draycott and has links/relationships as far as Asia. The high tech engineering group currently employs 80 people but this is due to grow through 2012 to 95 people.


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