New aerospace contract for Rhodes Interform

Rhodes Interform, part of Group Rhodes, continues its success in mechanical and hydraulic press manufacture and refurbishment with another major project win in the aerospace industry. The contract, recently completed successfully, is phase one of two for the refit of a 1989 vintage 3000 Ton ‘Chester Hydraulics’ SPF press, at BAE Systems, Samlesbury. The press is a critical piece of equipment that manufactures major parts for the Typhoon (Eurofighter) aircraft.

Rhodes Interform’s technical director Peter Anderton says: “This is a specialist repair to the ‘hotbox’ ensuring the stringent temperature accuracies required during the manufacturing process are maintained. We won the contract based on our vast expertise in the manufacture, design and repair of SPF presses in the aerospace sector. The lockdown was obviously a difficult time for the industry, but over the past few months we’ve won a number of contracts for both new machinery and equipment refurbishment. We’re very optimistic for the continued recovery of the UK aerospace sector.”

Rhodes Interform’s machine refurbishments offer customers a cost-effective solution to improve equipment life and increase productivity. The company provides a complete one-stop refurbishment service, from arranging transport to the company’s maintenance facility in Wakefield, through to retrofitting new components and re-commissioning on site.

Parent company Group Rhodes, based in West Yorkshire, boasts a 200 year metal-forming history and has also been manufacturing presses to form composite materials from as early as the 1930s. The company has won Queen’s Awards for both Innovation and International Trade in recent years, particularly for its work in the aerospace sector.
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