Motorsport Valley tech on the front line

MCBW - 24-06-11 - The Short Gap Crossing light weight ladder. Designed, prototyed, manufactured, and suppliued with in four weeks by Buckingham based Alpha Composites Ltd for the MOD. 10 New jobs.
MCBW - 24-06-11 - The Short Gap Crossing light weight ladder. Designed, prototyed, manufactured, and suppliued with in four weeks by Buckingham based Alpha Composites Ltd for the MOD. 10 New jobs.
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TECHNOLOGIES spawned in motorsport valley now are being used to help front line troops in Afghanistan.

This week the Advertiser learned that Alpha Composites Ltd, based on the ring road industrial estate, will be extending their leased premises in order to fulfil a new Ministry of Defence contract.

They currently employ around 18 people and the two units they are to expand into will require a further 10 employees.

Alpha is part of The Composites Engineering Group, which includes Delta Composites which is dedicated to supplying the motorsport industry, notbably the Redbull F1 team.

Through consultants BMT Defence Services, Alpha answered an urgent call from the front line and designed, prototyped and manufactured for a light weight ladder to help get around booby trapped bridges, ditches, canals and to help get through windows during a building assault.

Roger Pidgeon, project manager for DE&S project, said: “We received an urgent request for an ultra-lightweight and man-portable short gap crossing capability.

“In the first instance we looked to deliver a commercial off-the-shelf solution, but none was immediately available on the market. BMT’s engineering knowledge helped us to reach specialist suppliers in the motorsport and aerospace sectors who have extensive experience in lightweight aluminium, carbon fibre or composite structures.

“Our requirement was turned into a bespoke design solution by BMT in just four weeks.”

While composites have become a fundamental part of motorsport The Composites Engineering Group are helping to expand their use to unnanned military vehicles, satellites and they have also supplied parts for the American project to create the world’s largest airship.

This Year Alpha have received two awards from Aylesbury District Council’s and received Composite UK’s Innovation of the Year Award.