20 Feb 2023
Babcock partner with Additure to increase customer equipment availability
We’re pleased to announce that we have signed a framework agreement with Additure, to enhance our digital manufacturing capability.
With a focus on increasing availability of our customer’s platform, this collaboration will develop new digital solutions, such as additive manufacturing, to better manage complex, critical, low volume parts. We’ll be utilising effective and sustainable technological methods, while moving production closer to the point of need.
Part of Kingsbury Machine Tools, Additure is the Additive Manufacturing division created last year to support customer research and development with additive technologies, as well as offering solutions for low volume production. With an accredited manufacturing capability, Additure is able to bring a wide range of applications, including both powder bed fusion and wire arc additive equipment, to our new collaboration.
Louise Atkinson, Managing Director Defence Equipment at Babcock, said: “We’ve been working for some time with Kingsbury and the Additure team, so it is really exciting to be developing our relationship in this way, finding progressive, sustainable solutions for some long-standing challenges.
“We are looking forward to utilising the advances in our combined approach to increase efficiency in our operations, which in turn increases our customer’s platform availability, by ensuring the right material is available where and when it is needed.”
Ian Brooks, Technical Director at Additure, commented, «In any global supply business, it is crucial that the right materials and spare parts are in the right place at the right time.
«We will assist Babcock in this goal by enhancing its manufacturing capability with the latest digital engineering and manufacturing practices, providing a credible and cost-effective solution for the provision of critical, low volume parts.»
We are excited to explore how we can develop this technology to address challenges experienced in our wider operations and to deliver value to our customers across Babcock.
Picture caption: An SLM 500 powder-bed AM machine in operation at the Daresbury facility of Additure.