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Rhodes Interform, a UK metal-forming machinery specialist, has secured a multi-million-pound contract to manufacture and supply a new mechanical punch press for Zentia, which specialises in complete ceiling solutions at its facilities in Gateshead.

The Rhodes DS2-315 geared press is a double-sided 315 tonne mechanical press, designed with a two-point suspension that allows for a larger working bed area, even distribution of nominal tonnage, and the accommodation of any offset loading. Installation will take place 2024. The entire process, including the design, manufacture, and installation of the press, will be handled by engineers at Rhodes Interform in Wakefield, including the removal of the press currently at the premises in Gateshead.

Mark Ridgway OBE, CEO of Group Rhodes states: ‘’It’s a privilege to supply Zentia with another high-specification metal-forming solution. As a market leader of complete ceiling solutions, Zentia requires the production speed and accuracy that the Rhodes DS2 mechanical press can provide.”

Neil Hunter, engineering and improvement manager at Zentia,adds: “The existing Rhodes press has been in service for 30 years and punched in excess of 300 million square metres of ceiling tile in this time. We’re looking forward to receiving the new increased tonnage press.”

Rhodes Interform is a division of Group Rhodes. Soon to be celebrating its 200th anniversary, the company offers a wide range of hot and cold-forming technologies for specialist metal-forming applications across several sectors. In addition, the company’s composite machinery produces structural components for the aerospace and automotive sectors.
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