Today (31st August), the under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for London , Paul Scully visited Brookhouse Aerospace for a tour of its site in Darwen.
Brookhouse Aerospace is an independent UK business recently rebranded following an MBO from the US based Kaman Aerospace Group. The Brookhouse name draws on the long history of a business continually trading since 1951, originally serving the local foundry industry with metallic patterns and tools but having evolved over the years to become a key supplier to several OE Aerospace manufacturers in the UK and Europe for composite and metallic parts, treatments and assemblies.
The Minister, Paul Scully, Blackburn and Darwen MP Jake Berry along with other distinguished guest from the aerospace industry and local government officials met with Christopher Morris, CEO and Matthew Rossiter, CFO of Brookhouse Aerospace. The visitors were also given a tour of the site to showcase Brookhouse Aerospace capabilities.
Brookhouse Aerospace CEO, Christopher Morris said:
“It was good to discuss with the Minister both the opportunities and challenges facing us in the current climate and how Brookhouse Aerospace are investing in the future through the introduction of new capabilities such as additive manufacturing and the development of automation to increase our competitiveness in a difficult market.
“We have already invested in improving efficiency on specific programmes by developing equipment jointly with a technology partner that considerably reduces the requirement for manual input, improves lead time and efficiency and therefore production cost. We recognize that this sort of work is what will allow us to remain competitive within a sector which continues to suffer from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry will take some time to recover but the newly independent Brookhouse Aerospace supported by our investors and customers is working to ensure we are in the best possible position to take advantage of the recovery as it comes. We are also taking advantage of our enhanced capabilities to promote the business in different geographical regions and business segments where we see further opportunities for growth.”
The tour covered Brookhouse Aerospace on site Lab where Product and processes are verified and validated. The Minister was also shown around the sheet metal fabrication & surface treatments areas of the business. The tour continued into the Holme Mill facility where the three largest (up to 13m in length) autoclaves are housed. The tour concluded in the NDT department where all the composite parts which are manufactured in Brookhouse Aerospace are processed and verified to be conforming.