After investing £1m in equipment purchases and upgrades over the past year, Beagle Technology Group is now able to break into new markets.
The Dorset-based company has traditionally concerned itself with servicing the aerospace industry, but the £1m investment in new equipment and the upgrading of existing equipment means the company has been able to secure new contracts in other sub-sectors.
As well as refurbishing the relatively new autoclave and installing new clean rooms, Beagle has upgraded its equipment by purchasing a pre-preg cutter, a laser projection system and CATIA 3D computer aided design and manufacturing software.
When The Manufacturer went to visit the factory in June, managing director John Taylor said that the new cutter and projection system enabled faster and more efficient ply positioning. The new clean rooms mean that the company is now able to add the NADCAP Composites accreditation to its portfolio of approvals.
“As a direct result of this investment, last July we won a major contract to supply composite pods for the Ministry of Defence’s Light Protected Patrol Vehicle programme,” commented Taylor. “This necessitated expanding our workforce, and provided much-needed new jobs in our local area,” he added.