Composites and boatbuilding specialist Norco will be exhibiting at Seawork 2019 for the first time this year.

Military workboats are a Norco speciality

Military workboats are a Norco speciality

Having attended the exhibition many times in the past, Norco felt that this year was the ideal time to showcase a current Ministry of Defence workboat project. Established in 1985 in Poole, Dorset, Norco specialise in large composite structures and GRP mouldings for end users in the UK and Europe. Operating from five sites with an overall capacity of 100,000 sq. ft, Norco employ over 170 skilled workers and trains its staff to NVQ standards.

Norco provides a complete composites manufacturing service from design & engineering through to parts manufacturing and final assembly. The company is certified to ISO9001 & ISO14001 and holds the UK government Cyber Essentials accreditation. In 2017, Norco were commissioned by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) to manufacture the primary composite components for 30 plus Royal Navy replacement SEA Class workboats over a six-year period. As the primary composites supplier for this project, Norco are producing the major components for the new vessels including hull, deck, superstructure and associated multipurpose modules.

The composite components for the workboats are manufactured at Norco’s facilities using advanced boat building techniques. Norco’s experience and knowledge in such production techniques maintains the highest standards of quality and repeatability across the range of new workboats. Norco have been working closely with AEUK and the design team throughout project, providing support in areas such as design for manufacture and production solutions. This includes the design and manufacture of high-quality CNC tooling for the production of composite parts.

For another maritime client, Norco manufacture carbon suspension crew seats that are fitted to sea search & rescue boats. The seats are designed to dampen the motion of the boat over all sea conditions, which include extreme crashing waves. The improved stability from the seats ensures that the rescue crew have better visibility and can track objects out of the windows with ease whilst moving quickly over rough seas. The carbon bucket seat is a custom designed part that fits the requirements of the boat/operator, including the bespoke equipment armrests, slider tubes and footrest. The carbon bucket seat provides a lightweight solution compared to a fabricated aluminium chair or a modified off the shelf seat.

Visit Norco at Seawork International 2019 on stand PB35