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Pentaxia Limited

Pentaxia Limited


DE214AG Derby
United Kingdom

From tooling design and component production to surface finishing, Pentaxia works across multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, motorsport and defence offering a complete composite solution under one roof. With quality standards ISO 9000 and AS9100 Rev D, Pentaxia has the skills and capacity to operate in all market sectors, across the world.

Pentaxia supplies patterns, moulds, jigs, fixtures and pressed components to many high-profile OEM/Tier 1 & 2 aerospace, luxury automotive, defence and bespoke industry customers. Offering extensive machining capabilities with five 5-axis machines, Pentaxia also has autoclave and composite pressing facilities, and an on-site paint facility for any desired surface finish requirements.

Recent recipients of the SEMTA Skills 'Best of British Engineering' and SME Investment in Skills awards, Pentaxia believes in investing in its people and facilities to achieve the best quality products and service possible.


Product news

  • Pentaxia Celebrates 10 years in business with a visit to Farnborough

    2018 has been a big year for Pentaxia. Not only has it moved to a new state of the art 70,000 sq ft facility, it is also celebrating 10 years in business. Part of the celebrations involved its first trip to the Farnborough Air Show to showcase its dramatic growth in the composites industry. The company has been successful in achieving AS9100 Rev D accreditation and is looking to increase its presence within the Aerospace sector so Farnborough was a fantastic opportunity to do this. Already servicing many customers in this industry the company is now working towards NADCAP accreditation and has big plans to establish a dedicated training centre at its Derby site to combat the local skills shortage. The company prides itself on its dedicated staff team and is always on the look out for talented individuals to join the business. It attracts both young apprentices as well as many people who are looking for a mid-life career change and is particularly proud of the high number of women within the workforce. The company is an active supporter of Women in Engineering Day and has worked with local schools and colleges to highlight the opportunities available for all. With continued growth and new business being won on a regular basis the next 10 years look like exciting times for Pentaxia!!


  • 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.”


  • New Facility Starts to Deliver

    In 2017, Pentaxia decided that it’s existing manufacturing facilities in Derby could no longer meet the needs of its customers in the very buoyant advanced composite market. What seemed a challenging decision at the time, to move to a new facility, three times as large, is now starting to pay dividends.

    The new site in Alfreton Road, Derby – a former Rolls Royce’s composite manufacturing facility, but unused for four years by its then owners – was purchased in August 2017. Since then a major refurbishment and investment programme was launched and the first Pentaxia staff moved in during January 2018. During the move, involving over 120 staff and all the production equipment, output levels had to be maintained. The move was finally completed in April 2018.

    Production Director Adam Norris said “It has been a real challenge and the team has had to work very hard to keep to our production targets, but we have all worked together and have managed to get the move completed successfully. We are still settling in and even though we have been in business for ten years, the new site has meant changes in our operating processes. However, the new facility is really starting to work and outputs are already heading towards a 30-50% growth during the coming year, a fantastic achievement for all our staff”.

    Managing Director Stephen Ollier added “I have always believed we had a great team and now we have a superb facility. Together we can probably double or treble our output over the next few years, which is what our customers seem to need. We work with a lot of household names in the aerospace, luxury car and motorsports markets and they are all planning significant expansion. We are now in a position to respond. This is really important for Derby, as we will need more staff. It is highly skilled work and we will be setting up our own training facility to meet those needs for new staff of all ages”.

  • Here Come The Girls

    To highlight the importance of encouraging women into engineering roles, Pentaxia is once again happy to be supporting International Women in Engineering Day (www.INWED.org.uk) on 23rd June 2018.

    Organised by the Women’s Engineering Society, which was founded in 1919, 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.

    Although still slightly outnumbered by male colleagues, Pentaxia embraces the contribution women can make in the industry and the female team continues to grow with recent additions to the laminating team and production support. The company has also promoted Engineer Dr Grace Atkinson to the role of Composites Engineering Manager. Managing Director, Stephen Ollier commented “Pentaxia has some very talented women in our organisation and it is great that we have been able to promote Grace to this senior position, recognising the contribution our ladies have made to the success of the company.”

    Emma Shooter recently joined the company as a Trainee Laminator as she was looking for a hands-on practical role. Emma said “It’s really good to be able to get stuck in and help create something and it’s a really positive environment to work in”.

    Production Support Manager Maria Marsden joined Pentaxia in April and was pleased to see a high number of women in the workforce. Maria commented “I last worked in manufacturing back in the nineties and at that point in time there were no women working on the shop floor, only in the offices. Its great to see this has changed now with women working across all areas of the business and I’m happy to be part of such a diverse team”.

    Hayley Meehan had been working in the hospitality industry and fancied a change and so applied to Pentaxia. A year on and Hayley is a skilled Laminator and valued member of the team. Hayley explained “It’s a really rewarding varied job. Every day you are helping to produce something new and its great to see an end result”. She added “I would recommend more women consider a move to this kind of role, after all you don’t know until you try!”

    There’s lots to inspire young women – and men – to pursue a career in engineering. Particularly in composites, which is a growing industry – there’s so much opportunity to develop skills and be successful in such a thriving and exciting sector.

  • SEMTA Skills Best of British Engineering

    Derby company Pentaxia Ltd had a pleasant surprise recently, when they were awarded the top accolade of “Best of British Engineering” at the annual SEMTA awards in London. SEMTA celebrates the talented individuals and companies whose commitment to skills development is making a significant difference not only in their workplace but in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector as a whole.

    The company were nominated for the SME Investment in Skills award, which they also won.

    MD Stephen Ollier commented “We were delighted when we won the Investment in Skills Award, recognising our work in creating our own training operation to rapidly increase out workforce. As we will be needing up to 50 new staff in the next year, we know the pool of experienced staff in the area is just not big enough to support our growth, so training is fundamental to our business. The last thing we expected however, was to win the top award of the night “Best of British Engineering”.