Superplastic forming expertise at Advanced Engineering Show

24th September 2018
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Superplastic forming expertise at Advanced Engineering Show

Group Rhodes will be showcasing its new technologies at the Advanced Engineering Show (NEC, Birmingham 31st Oct–1st Nov, Stand M101). The company works in the field of superplastic forming (SPF) and diffusion bonding (DB), having designed, manufactured and installed titanium and aluminium forming cells for leading aerospace and automotive manufacturers worldwide.

Group Rhodes’ composite machinery is used to produce structural components for production road cars as well as flight critical components for a variety of aircraft. The company also offers a wide range of cold forming technologies for specialist metalforming applications across a number of industrial sectors.

Mark Ridgway OBE, CEO of Group Rhodes, said: “We are looking forward to exhibiting our composite and metal forming capabilities at Advanced Engineering 2018.  Our equipment is at the cutting edge and is used by some of the world’s leading manufacturing companies to develop major new products.”

Recent projects completed by Group Rhodes include manufacturing two SPF/DB presses for a North American aircraft manufacturer (rated at 850 and 1800 US Tonnes respectively) and a 1000 Tonne multi axis composite moulding press for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in South Yorkshire.   The press for the AMRC is being used as part of a state-of-the-art facility to assist a wide range of UK companies to stay at the leading edge of composite development.

All Group Rhodes machinery is supported by a comprehensive aftermarket spares and service team which maintains the company’s equipment throughout the world

Advanced Engineering 2018 is attended by a number of leading OEMs and supply chain professionals who want to see the latest technologies and solutions across Aero Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Connected Manufacturing, Performance Metals Engineering and Contract Manufacturing.

Group Rhodes, is a global manufacturer and service provider of hot and cold forming equipment for metals and composites. The company boasts a 200 year metalforming history and has been forming composite materials from as early as the 1930s. The company has won Queen’s Awards for both Innovation and International Trade in recent years.


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