Image (Courtesy of Rogers Advanced Composites) : Simon Rogers, Managing Director of Rogers Advanced Composites and Rogers Yacht Design.
The company, established in 2016 is sister company to Rogers Yacht Design which was founded in 1990
Rogers Advanced composites, a company specialising in technological marine based materials will be officially launched at Seawork on the opening day of the three day event which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
The advanced composite company which used to be based at the now decommissioned Fawley Power Station was formed as a result of soaring demand for high quality composite solutions – and with this continuing requirement Rogers Advanced Composites have acquired reputable clients like the Royal Navy who they have had the pleasure of working with for five years.
Now Based in Lymington, at the former RNLI search and rescue manufacturing facility, Rogers Advanced composites has plans to expand its operations significantly. In order to actualise this venture, the company has initiated established partnerships with The University of Southampton, Gurit and Haydale Graphene Industries amongst many others
Simon Rogers, managing director of Rogers Advanced Composites commented: “this vision will encourage a dynamic process, where innovation is encouraged and design led solutions are standard. Our products will demonstrate what can be achieved with composites in a cost effective manner, industry wide”
He continues “Rogers Yacht Design was established 25 years ago and we have been known for our innovative and leading edge design, which won us the 2010 ‘Superyacht Design of the year’ with our sailing yacht Aegir. The formation of Rogers Advanced Composites will now allow designs to be built in a more cohesive and controlled fashion, with design input on a daily basis. We are also committed to working with other designers and moving our industry forward”
In less than a year it appears the vision is becoming a reality as Rogers Advanced Composites, in collaboration with the team from Rogers Yacht Design have designed and developed the world’s first carbon fibre 10 tonne twin lift crane which is currently in production and will commence testing next month – the cranes offer massive weight saving, reduced maintenance, and do not rust or fatigue compared the metal equivalents.
The cranes are already proving popular as there has been already an order of two larger carbon cranes by a leading superyacht yard. Complimentary to the vision, Rogers Advanced Composites is currently in the process of securing a long-term oil recovery project, several aeronautical projects, military equipment and projects within the motor racing industry.
The company, with their focus to ‘champion’ composite solutions for the marine, military and industrial sector also has prospects to extend their reach to rail and shipping sectors, as well as new build, high performance carbon race boats and refits.
Find out more about RAC’s exciting new venture and meet the team at their launch reception on the GetSet Stand PG40 in Hall 2 at Seawork 2017 in the maritime city of Southampton.