2018 saw Far Composites take some exciting steps forward. The year began with us opening our new office at Cranfield University Technology Park. This new space and the facilities at Cranfield should give us a great base to expand, especially in terms of our crash analysis.
The spring of 2018 was a time of growth for us as we kicked off a recruitment drive. Looking for people that can answer the kinds of questions our customers ask us is not easy, but a determined push has seen us recruit a further nine team members this year. By the time of the company meeting in December nearly half the staff were new, which is a sign of just how fast we are growing at the moment.
The summer saw us put the finishing touches to the CCM hybrid bonded bike frame. This project was on display at CENEX this year and it was very pleasing to see our cost-effective carbon fibre mouldings as part of a vehicle structure on display at such a prestigious event. Well done to the whole team who were involved in this one.
The summer also saw the delivery of several new pieces of equipment for us. Our laboratory has taken a big step forward in capability this year. We have added our first robot, a CNC cutting table, enlarged ovens, a new infusion facility and a fully contained trim room. We’ve also added a digital image correlator to our testing equipment which enables us to measure strain across the whole surface of a test piece, quite a revelation the first time you see it running.
During the autumn we kicked off a substantial office expansion at the site in Nottingham. It took us a bit longer than we had expected to find the right builder so by the time work started we no longer had enough desks for everyone but now the extension is complete not only does everyone have a desk again, but we have room to accommodate the next phase of growth next year.
Now that the end of the year is upon us, we can look back and know that we’ve added to the team with some great new people. We have added to our facility with new equipment and we have added to our order book with some high-quality projects. All in all, 2018 feels like a great place to start 2019 from.
Submitted on 02/01/2019