Sam Ashworth an engineering graduate at BAE Engineering based in Salmesbury, Lancashire has been attributed with the development of a new sticky tape which will be used to speed up and reduce the cost of fighter jet manufacture. The innovative tape will be used to cover component parts of the F-35 Lightning II, whilst it is emersed into an anti-corrosion chemical bath. The tape is quick to remove and leaves no marks behind on the plane. This is in contrast to the heavy aluminium tape, which was previously used and took 11 hours to remove and clean the surface. British Aerospace, the manufacturer of the jets, has confirmed that the new tape can be removed in just two and a half hours per part. The advanced tape will save around £15,000 for every F35 Lightning against original total cost. The same new tape will also be used in future to manufacture Hawk and Typhoon (shown here) aircraft. The tape has many other possibilities and could eventually be used in products for home and industry.
Delvemade recently hosted a visit from three senior executives, from Momentive Performance Materials Inc., part of US giant GE Silicones. Tarek Bassil, Rich Wilson and Joseph F. Bruderek, made a special trip across the pond to present Delvemade with its ‘Customer of the Year 2014’ award.
As always there had been many contenders for one of Momentive’s most prestigious international accolades. The award came as quite a surprise as Delvemade is a relatively small operation, when compared with other Momentive customers. In a short presentation ceremony at Delvemade’s production facility at Itac’s factory in Manchester, senior commercial manager Tarek Bassil explained that the recipient of the award was not determined by sales alone. The fact that Delvemade has seen growth in excess of 20% over the last two years was important. But the key reason for choosing Delvemade was the way the business operates and its decades long successful relationship with GE. Also taken into account was the UK company’s contribution and track record of sharing its success and exchanging information, which was seen to epitomise a great two-way business partnership. The handsome glass trophy is beautifully modelled to depict effort and achievement through teamwork. It is seen as a metaphor for business success.