New South Yorkshire factory opens – and four to come

Launch of the new Bodycote factory in Rotherham.
Launch of the new Bodycote factory in Rotherham.

The world’s largest heat treatment company opened a new factory in Rotherham - and announced it had taken four more units to meet demand.

Bodycote held a launch at its new facility on Selden Way on the Advanced Manufacturing Park - where bosses revealed they had taken more space nearly three times the size.

President of ADE (Aerospace Defence and Energy) Tom Gibbons and Andy Greasley  Executive vice president of Rolls Royces turbines supply chain unit

President of ADE (Aerospace Defence and Energy) Tom Gibbons and Andy Greasley Executive vice president of Rolls Royces turbines supply chain unit

The firm takes other companies’ parts - most notably from Rolls Royce - and heat treats them in furnaces to change their properties and make them last longer.

The new factory employs 10, but the expansion plans will trigger a recruitment drive.

Tom Gibbons, president of Bodycote’s aerospace, defence and energy division, said: “Due to customer demand and interest since the announcement of this new plant in July, we are investing in further capacity and technology.

“The additional space we secured here at Rotherham is nearly three times the size of our existing unit. We are committed to ensuring we are able to meet our customers’ demand in the years ahead.”

Bodycote, which is headquartered in Macclesfield, announced the move on to the AMP in Rotherham after winning a £160m contract with Rolls-Royce. The firm is a stone’s throw from a Rolls Royce turbine blade casting factory.

It will provide Rolls-Royce in Rotherham and Derby with services including vacuum heat treatment and hot isostatic pressing.

The new factory supports the aerospace and power generation markets in the UK and Europe.

It was officially opened by Andy Greasley, executive vice president of Rolls-Royce’s turbines supply chain unit.

He said: “Heat treatment and processing is a vital part of our supply chain and Rolls-Royce are delighted to be supported by Bodycote on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham.

“Close coupling of this capability to our own Rolls-Royce business is critical for our future success and our relationship with Bodycote is one that we truly value.”

Colin Sirett, chief executive of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, said Bodycote would bring a key capability to the AMP.

He added: “We’ve got everything from aircraft parts through to carbon fibre chassis for supercars all being manufactured on this site; the one piece of the  process that was missing was materials processing. We can cast, we can forge, we can assemble, we can machine, but the one element that was missing is exactly what Bodycote brings to the park.”