Orders fly in for Group Rhodes from the Farnborough International Air Show

19th August 2011' Machine manufacterer Group Rhodes has increased export sales by 121 per cent, including an aerospace deal with China and Indian aluminum processing contract. The company works with government trade and exports organisation UKTI.'Pictured:  managing director Mark Ridgway.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
19th August 2011' Machine manufacterer Group Rhodes has increased export sales by 121 per cent, including an aerospace deal with China and Indian aluminum processing contract. The company works with government trade and exports organisation UKTI.'Pictured: managing director Mark Ridgway.''PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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ENGINEERING firm Group Rhodes has secured a multi-million pound order at an international air show.

The company, based at Belle Vue, Wakefield, won a £2.2m order to supply a press for the manufacture of civil aircraft in China at the Farnborough International Air Show.

The superplastic forming and diffusion bonding press was bought by Long March (China) at the air show, which ran from July 9-13 in Hampshire, to produce equipment and components.

The press is designed for high-temperature forming of titanium and aluminium alloys, which are used in the development of more fuel efficient aircraft.

It was the seventh press sold to China over the past five years after Rhodes built its relations with the country’s aerospace industry.

Other contract wins announced by Rhodes include a £2.5m order from India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for a 10,600 tonne Polymer Die Press.

Rhodes said the press would be used to produce components for military and civil aircraft.

Group Rhodes, managing director Mark Ridgway said: “We had to overcome fierce international competition to win these latest orders.

“It was our track record in supplying innovative and state-of-the-art machinery that provided our customers with the confidence to place the business with us.”

In 2010 the company was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for its machinery, and this year won the same honour for International Trade.