Sigma Components has invested over $1 million across its manufacturing facilities in the UK and China.
The investment follows hot on the heels of the company’s investment of over $1m in a new manufacturing facility in Chengdu last year, which created additional capacity for its rigid pipe-manufacturing programme for particularly Rolls-Royce’s XWB engine.
Mark Johnson, founder and CEO of Sigma Components, said: “Our sites across the UK and China work hand in hand to offer a high-quality, local source for customers. While some manufacturers may look to lower-cost economies simply to outsource the production of basic components, we take a longer-term approach.
“By investing across the wider business, we are able to create genuine manufacturing partnerships with our global customer base without losing sight of the local issues, mutual opportunities and specialist skills that exist in both markets. It also means we can use the most-appropriate manufacturing facilities at every stage of the product lifecycle, optimising performance and competitiveness throughout the supply chain.”
The $1m investment includes specialist equipment to boost Sigma’s fabrication and pipe manufacturing capabilities. It has also led to the creation of over 50 jobs in Nuneaton, Hinckley and Farnborough, including shop-floor positions, engineers, HR and finance roles.
Sigma Components manufactures ducting, fabrications, sheet details, airframe sub-assemblies, rigid pipe assemblies, composite components, machined items, specialist fasteners, assembly and build fixtures for aerospace OEMs and Tier 1s. It also provides finishing and polishing services. Its flagship SigmaLite range includes: a ground-breaking COMPipe technology – a braided composite pipe for aero-engines and airframes that offers up to 50% weight savings over traditional components; redesigned end fittings, using additive manufacturing techniques; and composite drive shaft technologies.
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