Composites Engineering Show: 9th–10th November 2011
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, Hall 20, Stand 1248
Market leading specialist vehicle converter, S MacNeillie makes its debut appearance at the Composites Engineering Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre this week – to demonstrate the expanding capability, diversity and ambition of its composites division.
At the show, the company will display a small representative range of its current production composite components, ranging from engine undertrays and light cluster housings to airflow management panels and valances for supercars. A new range of high impact wall and door protectors for hospitals and public thoroughfares will be shown for the first time. MacNeillie is also keen to further grow its composites business in related industries and in other sectors such as rail and aerospace.
Head of Sales for MacNeillie Composites Division, Marc Emery says, ”We know from our own experience and that of our customers that the use of advanced composite materials provides highly viable engineering solutions with significant additional advantages. These include high impact resistance, energy absorbing characteristics, exceptional strength and durability in service. We can also design, create and produce complex shapes and structures, which would be extremely challenging and expensive with traditional alternative materials”.
MacNeillie acquired its current composite materials production unit in Coalville, Leicestershire in 2007, initially to support its in-house vehicle panel and componentry requirements. Now, the company has revealed plans for a major investment programme, which will create the capacity to expand production and supply advanced composite products for a wider range of external customers and applications.
MacNeillie is a privately owned company and is one of the country’s largest specialist emergency services, defence and security sector bodybuilders and vehicle integrators. It remains at the forefront of the application of advanced composites in ambulances – where substantially increased on-board equipment inventory is required without compromising gross weight, speed or performance.