New £2m plant helps Penso grow

New £2m plant helps Penso grow

Penso, which provides a complete turnkey engineering service to customers across the globe, has invested £2m into a new manufacturing plant in Coventry as it gets set to launch a unique composite train door manufactured in the West Midlands.

A composite door design and high volume automotive parts made in the West Midlands are set to be unveiled at a major international show in Paris today (8 March).

Penso, which employs 230 people across sites in Coventry, London and Pune (India), will showcase two new lightweight advancements at JEC World 2016.

The firm believes it has come up with a solution for producing the carbon fibre components quickly and cost effectively and is in talks with a number of leading train operators about the products.

As part of its growth in this area, the company has invested £2m in a new plant for lightweight structures and machining centres for rapid tooling.

Michael Collins, marketing and sales director, said: “A lot of firms have been looking at R&D into this area, but very few – if indeed any – have gone to the next level and actually invested in technology and the experts needed to produce a lightweight rail door out of composite material.”

He added: “We designed our own tooling and press formed the door at our dedicated composite facility in Coventry. They have been tested by a number of third party experts and come out as being robust and offering up to 30% weight savings.

“This is a major attraction for the train operators and manufacturers and we are currently targeting a number of companies in Europe with view to achieving millions of Euros in new orders by 2017.”