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Tods - the first SME at the centre of National Composites initiative

TODS are the first SME in the country to lay down their marker, alongside a number of major UK aerospace and industrial giants, at the newly established National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol.

Composite materials technology, innovation, and engineering has been TODS forte for sixty years, from being the first company to pioneer and introduce fibre glass to the marine boat building industry in the early 1950's, then going on to develop a unique expertise for composite-based products across a range military and commercial projects through and into the 21st century.

Diverse hi-tech projects have included the design and build of the 'gondola' for the record breaking Breitling Orbiter around-the-world hot-air balloon, the manufacture of composite butterfly valves for the nuclear industry, structural flooring for passenger aircraft and helicopters, and are currently involved in the development of super-lightweight structures for a new generation of airships.

TODS are accredited composite engineers for the supply of high integrity weight-efficient airframe sub-assemblies for world leaders in the aviation business with components specially produced for Airbus, Boeing and AgustaWestland, and other manufactures on both sides of the Atlantic. Solid links remain with major marine ship build programmes, typically with 'through-life' involvement with Royal Navy Type 45 surface ships and Astute submarines through the supply of Sonar Domes and complimentary stealth material engineering projects. The company provides support to over twenty other navies.

The relevance of being a member, of the National Composites Centre, is highlighted by Simon Finch CEO of Crewkerne-based TODS to coincide with the Centre's 'official opening' later this week. "The TODS company has built its reputation in providing practical solutions for the design and build of composite products for the supply chain and to frontline manufacturers. Not only have we a long-established proven track-record, but believe we have for many years been pioneers in developing applications which fully exploit the use of composite materials. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than across the aerospace industry where lightweight high-strength components are essential, and can be supplied cost-effectively with the added benefits of longevity and low maintenance.

"It is not only the aerospace industry that have responded, manufacturers from other industries such as the automotive, mass-transit and construction industries have also come to realise the through-life effectiveness of composite material products.

"As a progressive SME we see ourselves actually being able to provide positive technical input for many of the big names who now support the ideals of the new Centre. From our perspective access to NCC's range of specialists and state-of-the art technology will allow us to interact favourably with industry developments and allow us to gather momentum in sustaining our innovative reputation that we have gained over the last 60years."

Press release issued by Tods Aerospace Ltd on November 21, 2011


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Tods Aerospace Ltd Composite Thermoforming, Radomes, Thermal Shielding, Composite Manufacturing Services, Composite Sandwich Panels, Aircraft Doors, Fairings, Aircraft Structural Components


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