EPM Composites Limited gains AS9100 Approval

EPM Composites Limited are pleased to announce that we have successfully passed our AS9100 audit for manufacturing and machining composite components for aerospace, defence and space industries. The Quality department have worked with BSi throughout the whole audit process which was conducted at the beginning of June 2018 and has only taken seven months to achieve this accreditation. The new Rev D Standard will also make the company continuously improve too.

Lee Hickling, Managing Director commented “The implementation of AS9100 into EPM will further enhance our quality processes and procedures. Enabling us to supply high quality components to our ever growing customer base.

UB Racing Visit

On 5 October 2018, part of the UB Racing team visited the factory to showcase their award winning car UBR21 to EPM staff. The team have been using a section of our Laminating department throughout 2018 to layup components for this year’s car.

Daniel Beswick, Laminating Manager at EPM Composites Limited commented “It has been really exciting to see the UB Racing Team develop their car this year, which was filled with new ideas and designs. The team were a pleasure to have on site, full of passion and enthusiasm. Myself and the team were happy to help them improve their laminating skills which on the whole they learnt very quickly. The way the entire car came together was very impressive. Myself and the Laminating department are looking forward to supporting the team on next year’s car”.

Nearly a year on at EPM Composites Limited

What an eleven months it has been, since December 2017 when EPM Composites Limited was registered and became part of a2e Industries, giving EPM the stability to make bold strategic decisions. The first of which was for the business to refocus mainly on Motorsport and Niche Vehicles.  Furthermore, EPMs core value was extended to providing honest communications to our customers and stakeholders. Accurate communications and direct market focus has turned out to be the key factors which has enabled the company to success.

EPM has seen strong growth in their customer base since the company registered. Having regained the trust of old and new customers by delivering exceptional quality components to customers on time.  There is now a strong and sustainable platform of Key Accounts to increase sales over the coming months and years.  The continuing support will allow the business to grow their management and business infrastructure as required in the future.

Lee Hickling, Managing Director said “I am very happy with how the company is moving forward and we as a team have delivered every promise we set out too at the beginning of the year. Communication has been a vital role for business growth which is a must within the composite industry.”

We would like to thank all our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders for their business and support. The now established management team are supporting Lee to drive the business forward into 2019, we look forward to working with you all more in the future.

Amin Amiri, the Founder and CEO of a2e Industries commented: “EPM facilities/capabilities are in the top tier in Europe and we are pleased with the progressive improvement in customer gains and satisfaction. EPM is assured of our continued support and is looking forward to a stable but exciting future.”

Surface Treatment Room

Construction of our new Surface Treatment Room commenced on 17 April 2018 and was completed by 23 May 2018. The new room is segregated from the main fitting department and includes the following equipment:

  • Vapormatt
  • Large Sand blaster
  • Small Sand blaster

The surface treatment room will be used for the abrading of components ready for bonding assemblies.

Materials and Logistics Manager Appointed

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to EPM Composites Limited – Materials and Logistics Manager, Philippe Brayshaw.

EPM Composites Limited, one of the UK’s leading carbon composite manufacturers’ has made an appointment within their Purchasing team.

Having over ten years’ work experience within the retail industry, Phil brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Operations and Ecommerce and will be working alongside the existing management team within EPM.

Commenting on his new appointment Phil said,” I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the existing management structure to build on their extensive knowledge and experience within the composite industry”.

Lee Hickling, Managing Director said “Phil will be heading up the Purchasing and Logistics division, keeping both departments running smoothly through our busy workload”.

Prior to joining EPM Composites, Phil was Head of Operations and Ecommerce at Love Aroma Limited, a company specialising in the home fragrances.

Farnborough International Airshow 2018

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long event which began in 1948. This event combines both a trade-show and public air displays, making it a must visit for anyone passionate about all things aerospace.

This year was EPM’s first attendance to the show which compromised of all different shapes and sizes of aircrafts within the aerospace industry, even including a flying car!

Matt Charlton, Head of Business Development commented saying “This year we used Farnborough as a platform to network rather than exhibiting. It provided an ideal opportunity to update current and potential customers, suppliers and industry contacts on the fantastic progress being made at EPM Composites. A thoroughly enjoyable and productive day.”

Battery Recycling

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and continually improving the companies environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our operating methods.

With this in mind we have introduced battery recycling into the facility via European Recycling Platform (ERP) adding to our recycling scheme. The scheme has been implemented to reduce waste on site through the recycling of waste produce.

Turning Centre

Haas ST-10 – Turning capability at EPM Composites

We are able to turn components with our in-house turning capability.

Haas ST-10 specification:

  • CNC Lathe; 14″ x 16″ (356 x 406 mm) max capacity,
  • 1.75″ (44 mm) bar
  • 16″ (406 mm) swing
  • 15 hp (11.2 kW) vector drive
  • 6000 rpm, A2-5 spindle
  • 6.5″ (165 mm) chuck.

The ST-10 gives EPM the capability to manufacture complex parts with its generous travel and small footprint, having a built-in thread-repair screen for both straight and tapered threads. The Hass ST-10 Lathe is ideal for high-volume and high-production within our CNC environment.

UB Racing – Platinum Partner

UB Racing are a group of students based in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Birmingham, who have designed and in the process of building a single-seat race car to compete in the Formula Student competition on 11 – 15 July 2018 held at the Silverstone Circuit.

Being Europe’s most established educational engineering competition, Formula Student aims to develop and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.

EPM Composites Limited have been a platinum partner to the UB Racing team for over four months commencing in December 2017, which was a continued partnership from epm: Technology. Currently, they are on their way to completing this year’s monocoque.

The team have been using our facility, which has allowed them to gain first-hand experience and knowledge from all our staff member’s as and when required on laying up the carbon monocoque, as well as making use of our autoclave. As part of EPM’s on-going partnership our branding will be visible on the car and on the team kit.

Lee Hickling, Managing Director at EPM Composites Limited said “It is a pleasure having the UB Racing Team on site, we are here to offer our continued support throughout the year. We wish the team all the best for this season and I am sure they will continue to grow from strength to strength.