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Far-UK starts set-up of demonstration manufacturing facility at Composite Innovation Cluster

News International-French

15 Apr 2014

The company has started the development of 4 new processes under the Composite Innovation Cluster project. They expect to bring at least 2 processes to market during the project.

These processes have been given the code names Process 1, Process 2, Process 3 and Process 4. The most advanced of these is Process 4 and the company exhibited a composite wheelchair manufactured using this process at JEC Paris 11-13 March.

Far-UK also won the North West Automotive Alliance Annual Innovation Award for this process. As a newly formed company Far-UK is delighted to have won an award from such a significant industry body, especially the Innovation Award. The process is designed to enable niche vehicle manufacturers to produce complex shapes with carbon fibre, with the aim of being a cost comparable solution with Aluminium, and offering significant weight reduction through the use of composites.

In August 2013 Far-UK Ltd acquired a controlling interest in Axon Automotive Ltd. FAR-UK had been working with Axon on a number of projects, including the Composites Innovation Cluster, and the links between the two companies had been getting stronger over this period. Both companies are already achieving benefits by sharing some overheads and see the strong relationship between the two companies proving an asset to both businesses. As the two businesses have different offerings and strategic aims they will continue to be run as separate limited liability companies. This will enable them to play independently to their strengths while working together where it gives benefits for their clients.

Far-UK, having started at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, has now moved to its new 5000 square feet facility on Wilford Industrial Estate in Nottingham.

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