Far-UK Ltd is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) project and a member of the Composite Innovation Cluster (CiC). The aim of CiC is to deliver a holistic supply chain model which will extend throughout the composites community.
Within this project, Far-UK’s main objective is to set up a demonstration manufacturing facility that focusses on the industrial research to bring cost effective and affordable manufacturing of composite components and structures to a range of large original equipment manufacturers.
Far has now established an RTM/infusion cell which is in the process of being commissioned with the goal of producing a component every 4 minutes 15 seconds. Information will be available at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC in November 2014.
We are developing a continuous beam manufacturing process which will have significantly improved design freedom and reduced cost compared with pultrusion.
Far is continuing to invest at the Nottingham facility and a quality manager has been appointed to take the research ideas into production.
Birmingham City Council has overseen the competition to award funds for this national scheme. The Technology Strategy Board supported Birmingham City Council in running the competition process. AMSCI has been set up by UK Government to help existing UK supply chains grow and achieve world class standards while encouraging major new suppliers to come and manufacture in England.
The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) has been awarded over £11M from the initiative as part of AMSCI Round 2. AMSCI CiC will deliver 13 integrated capability projects across 25 partners and aims to deliver a holistic supply chain model which extends throughout the composites community.