Pentaxia unlocks future growth with purchase of Derby manufacturing site
Pentaxia has secured the keys to its future growth, with the purchase of a large manufacturing site on Alfreton Road in Derby. Constructed in the 1960’s as the composite manufacturing facility for Rolls Royce, the site was at the forefront of advanced manufacturing until 2002. This deal will see the site return to its former glory as a centre of innovation and a composites hub for the Midlands.
Managing director Stephen Ollier said: “We’ll be moving from Longbridge Lane to this large six-acre site, which houses office space and 70,000ft2 of manufacturing space. We’re making a £1m investment in the site, starting immediately with a six-month programme to refurbish and upgrade the facility. We’ll also be investing in new manufacturing equipment which will double our existing production capability.
“This marks a big step forward in our company’s nine-year history. We’ve seen a rapid increase in demand for lightweight, high performance components from our blue-chip customers in the aerospace, motorsport and luxury automotive markets. We’ve grown more than 60 per cent in the past 12 months and to maintain that kind of growth we need a lot more space. It’s essential that we maintain the high quality and reliability that we’re known for, which results from completing every element of our work in-house and working very closely with our customers. Predictably meeting quality standards and delivery dates is just what major multinational companies need from suppliers like us. The new site is three times the size of our existing facilities, which gives us space to expand effectively and dependably.”
Pentaxia secures supply deal with leading aerospace innovator
Pentaxia has secured a supply deal with a UK company leading the world in the design and supply of military aircraft ejection seats. Providing a strong platform for future growth, Pentaxia’s new contract provides components for Denham-based Martin-Baker’s lifesaving ejection seats.
By investing heavily in the latest state of the art composite press forming equipment, Pentaxia has the expertise and tools to produce the high performance yet lightweight components. Finished to a high tolerance and specification, the seat components are designed to optimise space and minimise weight, both of which are at a premium in a cockpit environment.
Pentaxia’s managing director Stephen Ollier said: “This is good news for UK manufacturing and our aerospace sector. It’s also the biggest contract in our eight-year history and is the culmination of a mutually beneficial partnership between our two companies that has developed over the last year. There’s a lot of synergy between us; we’re both family-run firms and are committed to delivering high quality products that are utterly reliable. Our customers count on us to deliver on time, and by keeping every stage in-house, we have complete control over our manufacturing line and delivery.”
Pentaxia drives sustainability by installing Pod Points
Driving towards a more sustainable future, advanced composites manufacturer Pentaxia is one of the first employers in Derby to install electrical vehicle (EV) POD Points for customers and employees.
This investment in green technology demonstrates Pentaxia’s commitment to sustainability and staff welfare. Two employees have already taken the opportunity to use the POD Point units, enabling them to invest in hybrid vehicles that will improve air quality, cut travelling costs and reduce society’s dependence on fossil fuels. Additional points will also be installed in Pentaxia’s new facility, due to open later this year.
Pentaxia’s managing director Stephen Ollier said: “Like us, our clients in the aerospace and automotive markets are committed to innovation and sustainability, so it’s no surprise that we were keen to embrace the electric car movement. As we grow and build our workforce, I believe we need to do it in a sustainable way, future-proofing our facilities and creating a better community and environment for our employees to work in. I want to help my staff live in a more sustainable way and I hope this decision will help more employees who are thinking about buying a new car, think about going green!”
POD Point’s marketing manager Oliver Murphy added: “This is a great time for Pentaxia to invest, and demonstrates their forward-looking attitude towards technology. Electric cars have come a long way; zero emission car models are now able to travel more than 100 miles without charging, and they’re getting simpler to use. Our POD Points provide users with an easy-to-use app and dashboard to monitor their energy consumption.”
POD Points is a trusted UK technology provider with more than 30,000 charging points across the UK. This installation and contract gives Pentaxia the potential to charge four vehicles simultaneously.
Pentaxia supports International Women in Engineering Day
To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2017, Pentaxia has launched a social media campaign, titled #GoForIt, to help encourage girls and women to pursue careers in engineering.
Project engineer Grace Atkinson, design engineer Kenzie Myers and composite laminator Maria Parkes have pioneered the campaign and will be showcasing their career highlights and sharing their advice in blogs and on Twitter throughout International Women in Engineering Day.
Organised by the Women’s Engineering Society, International Women in Engineering Day is an annual event, that aims to focus attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles available for women, and celebrate the achievements of the world’s outstanding women engineers.
I have been fortunate to have worked with some unbelievably talented and knowledgeable people throughout my career so far,” explained Grace, “and I’m keen to encourage other young people to take up a career in engineering. As more engineering companies, like Pentaxia, offer in-house and external training, development support and flexible working, this is a career which can really help you fulfil your potential and create some really cool stuff!”
"I think schools and colleges are doing all they can to encourage and support children to study or work in science, technology and engineering. There’s lots to inspire young women – and men – to pursue their interests, so as employers, we need to use these chances to engage and encourage the next generation. The jobs are here – and as this is a growing industry – there’s so much opportunity to climb the ladder and be successful.”
You can follow Pentaxia on Twitter on @PentaxiaComps.
Pentaxia celebrates nine years
Nine years ago, Pentaxia was created. One rented building, one rented machine and one big plan. In 2017, the company has 91 staff, expanding facilities, state of the art equipment, continuous year on year growth and a highly skilled leadership team delivering exceptional service and products.
Pentaxia’s co-founder Stephen Ollier commented: “We’ve come a long way in the last nine years and it’s all down the talented and enthusiastic team that have joined our Pentaxia family. We’re so thankful to our staff and customers for their continued support. When we set up Pentaxia, we wanted to create an environment where staff could be creative, innovative and feel supported in all their ambitions. We wanted it to be fun, adventurous and exciting – and I really do think we’ve achieved that. Their passion is driving this company forward into its tenth year and our big plan gets bigger every year!”
Students see their future 'selfie' at the Big Bang Fair
Nestled between Rolls Royce and Toyota in Derby’s landmark Roundhouse, Pentaxia has shared its skills and expertise in composites with students and future engineers at the East Midlands Big Bang Fair.
Equipped with glossy samples of Pentaxia’s work in the automotive and aerospace sectors, a Snapchat geofilter and selfie frame, design engineer Kenzie Myers and inspection engineer Harj Sanghera chatted with hundreds of secondary school students who are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or maths.
Representing the fast-growing composites industry, the stand drew a constant crowd and inspired many children to join the Pentaxia Hall of Fame, striking poses for their future “selfies”, as Pentaxia engineers! Harj explained: “This event is great fun, and it’s interesting to talk to the next generation about their future career. It’s important that we demonstrate how innovative, challenging and brilliant being an engineer at Pentaxia can be!”
Supported by Derby City Council, the Big Bang Fair for the East Midlands showcases the very best of the region, from the work of the student STEM clubs to the companies and institutions that are innovating, researching and manufacturing. Pentaxia was one of 50 exhibitors from regional companies and supporters including Rolls Royce, Derby University, Chilled Food Association, FUZE coding and Exotic Zoo. Students were also able to browse the Derby Village, watch interactive shows and take part in hands-on workshops.
Pentaxia boosts Composite Press Capabilities with the addition of another Langzauner Laboratory Press.
In the coming weeks, Pentaxia will take delivery of a second, high specification Langzauner Perfect composite press (bed size: 800mm x 600mm). This has been a major investment for Pentaxia and ensures machinery duplication for our original Langzauner purchased in June 2015. With this second laboratory press, we're doubling our composite pressing capacity and will be actively sourcing new clients. In total, we will have three presses on site, two Langzauner's and a smaller plate press - a significant composite manufacturing capability, based in our modern Derby facility. Whether for structural or more recently visual carbon components, please get in contact if you are planning a future composite project.
Pentaxia takes delivery of composite press No3
We're pleased to announce we've taken delivery of our third composite press. A high specification Langzauner Perfect (bed size 600mm x 800mm) - to ensure we can continue to offer continual capacity for our composite clients. As much as possible at Pentaxia we factor machinery duplication into our investment strategy. By duplicating equipment, should there be a reason for down-time, the risk of affecting delivery lead-times is minimized. We feel we've potentially one of the largest composite press capabilities in the UK and welcome new enquiries - there's lots of capacity! Please liaise with Tim Ollier (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more assistance or visit us on stand K110.