The project also involved a Norfolk-based SME called bf1systems which built its reputation in the automotive and motorsport sector and also supplies the aerospace and sports markets. Justin added:
bf1systems benefited from our knowledge and experience of industrialising new technology. They brought the ability to innovate and rapidly trial ideas for development and manufacture.
Aerospace quality standard
As a result, bf1 systems achieved AS9100 accreditation, the common quality management standard for the aerospace industry. It means that the company, based in Diss, will now be able to supply similar technology to other aerospace manufacturers.
James Welham, finance director at bf1 systems, said:
Initially, we were involved in some of the sub-projects and that widened into assisting Rolls-Royce with some of the industrialisation processes.
The biggest success of the project from our perspective is the accreditation we achieved.
Rolls-Royce has filed 19 patents against different areas of the ENABLES technology. It will continue to work with the NCC in the field of composite manufacturing technology development.