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Attwater appoints new managing director

Attwater appoints new managing director

Industrial laminates specialist Attwater & Sons has appointed industry veteran Andy Goode as its new managing director.

Andy has worked within the sector since 1983, and has spent the last 18 years at Preston-based Attwater, most recently as the company’s production director.

Attwater produces machined components for sectors including aerospace, automotive, rail, marine and power generation.

Andy’s main objective in his new role is to steer the fifth generation family-owned company, which recently celebrated its 150th year in business, towards its next century-and-a-half. Training of existing staff, and the recruitment of four new apprentices, will be his early focus.

Published Friday 23rd August 2019
Andy States reaches Custom Composites milestone

Andy States reaches Custom Composites milestone

The team at Custom Composites would like to thank Andy States for 25 years - and counting - of dedicated service to the company.

Andy was just 24 when he joined us, originally as a machine operator. He then advanced through the ranks and is now our general manager. Although we are known the world over for the carbon fibre and glass tubes we manufacture for nuclear power and automotive industries - and many more - Andy confesses that he didn’t know this at the time.

Published Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Attwater to host health and safety group

Attwater to host health and safety group

Attwater will welcome members of Lancashire Occupational Health & Safety Group (LOHSG) to our premises on April 16 2019.

The group meet regularly to share advice and expertise on best practice, regulatory updates and new innovations. LOHSG is one of the oldest safety groups in the UK.

Published Thursday 28th February 2019
Mike Richardson meets with Attwater & Sons’ quality director, Dave Swarbrick

Mike Richardson meets with Attwater & Sons’ quality director, Dave Swarbrick

Mike Richardson (Aerospace Manufacturing Magazine) meets with Attwater & Sons’ quality director, Dave Swarbrick to hear more about the company’s compliance to AS9100 Rev. D accreditation and how it has helped strengthen the lines of communication within the workforce.

Well, it’s hardly rocket science is it? Making a formal agreement with your customer to manufacture and manage the quality of their product ‘by the book’, following a series of international agreed and ratified, documented and fully-traceable steps – in such a safety-critical industry as aviation, you’d expect this process to form the most basic requirement at the very least, wouldn’t you?

Published Monday 18th February 2019
Attwater Joins British Marine

Attwater Joins British Marine

Attwater & Sons Ltd is proud to have joined British Marine, the organisation that works to promote and support the £3bn-a-year-sector.

Marine is a vital part of what we do at Attwater. It’s where we began, 150 years ago, as a ships chandler on Preston Docks.

Published Friday 4th January 2019
In its 150th year, Attwater exhibits at Advanced Engineering Show

In its 150th year, Attwater exhibits at Advanced Engineering Show

Two organisations will celebrate anniversaries together as Attwater, currently marking its 150th year in business, returns as an exhibitor to the Composites Engineering Show, set to host its 10th annual event.

Taking place on October 31 and November 1 at the Birmingham NEC, The Advanced Engineering Show is the UK’s largest exhibition of its kind.

Published Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Attwater welcomes new REACH amendments

Attwater welcomes new REACH amendments

Industrial laminates specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has welcomed the European Union’s latest amendments to the REACH regulations, stating that the legislation is crucial to keeping the industry operating safely.

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of CHemicals) has been implemented to regulate companies which use, make, sell or import chemicals into the EU, holding them accountable for risk management.

Published Tuesday 11th September 2018
Attwater Secures its Transition to AS9100D

Attwater Secures its Transition to AS9100D

Lancashire-based industrial laminates specialist Attwater has successfully achieved accreditation to AS9100 Rev D, the leading standard for the aerospace industry’s supply chain.

The AS9100 certification is the aerospace sector’s upgrade of the traditional ISO9001 standard. When the ISO was revised to 2015 specifications, the AS followed by upgrading from its Rev C standard to the new Rev D.

Published Tuesday 10th July 2018
Attwater To Demonstrate Laminate Expertise At Aerospace Showcase

Attwater To Demonstrate Laminate Expertise At Aerospace Showcase

Industrial laminates specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd is to share the benefits of its laminate expertise with industry professionals during a technical talk at the Aerospace Sector Showcase 2018.

Matthew D’Arcy, Attwater’s technical manager, will explain how aerospace companies can improve the quality of their products through the use of polyimide glass and phenolic cotton laminates.

Published Thursday 19th April 2018
Attwater invests six figures in CNC upgrades

Attwater invests six figures in CNC upgrades

Industrial laminates specialist Attwater & Sons Ltd has invested another £100,000 in two new CNC machines, maintaining the company’s position at the forefront of its sector.

The company has purchased two Haas TM-3P vertical Milling machines replacing two older machines. In addition to working faster, the TM-3Ps also consume less power than Attwater’s previous machining centres, cutting energy bills and boosting the company’s green credentials.

Published Tuesday 10th April 2018
Historic Preston Company Attwater marks 150th anniversary with the Invincibles

Historic Preston Company Attwater marks 150th anniversary with the Invincibles

Attwater is marking its 150th year in business with a celebration at its home football club, Preston North End where they sponsored a match between PNE and Ipswich on the 24th February.

Published Monday 5th March 2018
Harold completes his quarter-century with Attwater

Harold completes his quarter-century with Attwater

25 years at Attwater have flown by for Harold Hall, and it’s been a family affair.

Harold Hall was just 17 when he joined Attwater in 1979, but it wasn’t as though he was joining a completely unknown quantity. “When I started,” he explains, “my Mum, Dad, my Sister, and three Aunties all worked here!”

Published Tuesday 30th January 2018
Track Lyndon Poskitts progress at the the Dakar Rally

Track Lyndon Poskitts progress at the the Dakar Rally

Track Lyndon Poskitts progress at the the Dakar Rally.

Attwater Group has supported Lyndon in previous races, providing carbon fibre composites which help keep his bike strong yet lightweight. Our MD Richard Attwater is involved with the Dakar Rally and this time he is the official driver for the media team.

Published Friday 5th January 2018
Richard Attwater heading to Dakar

Richard Attwater heading to Dakar

Managing director Richard Attwater is to fulfil his ambition of being part of the world-famous Dakar Rally.

During the Company’s 150th anniversary year, he will join long-time friend and fellow motorcyclist Lyndon Poskitt, overseeing media coverage along the full 5,700 journey between Bolivia and Argentina.

Published Thursday 21st December 2017
Martin raises £3,000 more for Derian House

Martin raises £3,000 more for Derian House

Attwater finance director Martin Bate, along with a friend and their guitars, helped raise a further £3,000 for Derian House - taking his total over the years beyond £40,000.

This year, the pair played in Southport at a charity evening that also included an auction and a round of Irish bingo. All proceeds go to the local charity which provides palliative, specialist respite and end of life care for children and young adults throughout the North West region.

Published Monday 11th December 2017