New aerospace contract for Rhodes Interform27 July 2022

Rhodes Interform, part of Group Rhodes, has refurbished a press for the aerospace industry. The contract, recently completed successfully, is phase one of two for the refit of a 1989-vintage 3,000 ton ‘Chester Hydraulics’ SPF press, at BAE Systems Samlesbury in the North West. The press is a critical piece of equipment that manufactures major parts for the Typhoon (Eurofighter) Aircraft.

Rhodes Interform’s technical director Peter Anderton said: “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 have won a number of contracts for both new machinery and equipment refurbishment. We are very optimistic for the continued recovery of the UK aerospace sector.”

Rhodes Interform provides a complete one-stop refurbishment service, from arranging where necessary for the machine to be transported to the company’s maintenance facility in Wakefield, through to retrofitting new components and re-commissioning on site.

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