URT Group


URT is a leading carbon fibre composites manufacturer with an outstanding track record of driving innovation in the composites market.


It offers end-to-end solutions, covering design all the way through to final assembly, for clients in defence, motorsport, automotive, marine, aerospace and lifestyle industries.



Company

Why URT?

  • URT has rapidly established itself as one of the world’s leading composite manufacturers.

    As a technical solutions provider URT possess extensive in-house capabilities and is committed to the continuous research and development of new manufacturing processes, material applications and properties to ensure URT remains firmly at the forefront of the composites industry.

  • Concept-to-Delivery Service

    URT has the capability to support clients through every stage of a project:  from engineering consultancy through to scalable production.

  • First Class Quality

    URT manufacture components and products for industries demanding the highest quality standards.

  • Rapid Response

    Experience in the fast-moving world of formula 1 and in the construction of niche vehicle builds, means that URT has the capability to turnaround projects to high standards with exceptional speed.

  • Engineering Expertise

    URT’s management and engineering teams possess exceptional collective experience and expertise, drawing from backgrounds in defence, automotive manufacturing, motorsport, and composites manufacturing.

  • Group Synergy

    URT is part of the Kamkorp Group of Companies and benefits from the synergy between those several innovative companies.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

    URT’s 98,000 sq. ft. factory contains dedicated stores with controlled freezer storage and kitting studio, three laminating areas, four autoclaves, a fully ventilated trim/assembly area, spray bake booths, inspection and test area, 20,000 sq. ft. machine shop with five-axis and three-axis machine centres.


The In-House Process

There are many methods of producing composite components. Some have been developed to meet specific design or manufacture specifications while others have been adopted from standard pre-preg composite manufacturing techniques.

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Design

Design

The tooling for component manufacture is developed in collaboration with the customer to ensure the best suited tooling solution is utilised. The experience of our design engineers and use of innovative tooling materials, enables components to be manufactured in almost any shape and size.

Moulding

Moulding

Tooling is tailored to the specifications of which the component requires. Tooling is designed to meet with the production quantities of the component and is designed in a manner of which ensures the high level quality of components is assured and reduced run time in manufacture is always met.

Fabrication

Laminating

We utilise our state of the art cutting benches to cut the material of choice into the exact dimensions in preparation for layup. Once completed the material is then applied by hand into the tool by our skilled laminators. Once completed following stage inspection’s, the component is then cured by one of our many autoclave ovens at a customised cure schedule specific to each project.

Finishing

Finishing

The composite is then trimmed either by hand or by utilising CNC machining. This allows URT to ensure the component is trimmed to the exact specification required by the customer prior to final assembly. Surface finishing of the component is then carried out to ensure a high level of visual quality to all parts manufactured by URT.

  • Design
  • Design

    The tooling for component manufacture is developed in collaboration with the customer to ensure the best suited tooling solution is utilised. The experience of our design engineers and use of innovative tooling materials, enables components to be manufactured in almost any shape and size.

  • Moulding
  • Moulding

    Tooling is tailored to the specifications of which the component requires. Tooling is designed to meet with the production quantities of the component and is designed in a manner of which ensures the high level quality of components is assured and reduced run time in manufacture is always met.

  • Fabrication
  • Laminating

    We utilise our state of the art cutting benches to cut the material of choice into the exact dimensions in preparation for layup. Once completed the material is then applied by hand into the tool by our skilled laminators. Once completed following stage inspection’s, the component is then cured by one of our many autoclave ovens at a customised cure schedule specific to each project.

  • Finishing
  • Finishing

    The composite is then trimmed either by hand or by utilising CNC machining. This allows URT to ensure the component is trimmed to the exact specification required by the customer prior to final assembly. Surface finishing of the component is then carried out to ensure a high level of visual quality to all parts manufactured by URT.

Materials

URT utilises composite materials from the most prestigious suppliers. Our close relationship with composite material manufacturers enables the development of innovative materials of which redefine the industry standard in composite materials.

URT’s extensive history in the composite industry allows the correct material and laminate to be tailored to each individual project. This enables the customer to get the most out of composite materials and ensure that the selected materials reach their technical specifications at the right cost.


Diverse tooling application

Exemplary strength – weight ratios

Resistant to harsh chemicals and all weather condition

High impact & abrasion resistance

Radar transparent & low thermal conductivity

Long life & low maintenance

Markets

  • Automotive

    URT’s experience includes the engineering of automotive composite components for limited production road vehicles and concept cars. Recent projects include the production of structural components for several major OEM’s.

  • Motorsport

    URT possess decades of experience in composites with extensive involvement with industries such as Formula 1, Le Mans prototypes and one make series. The group provides a fast-acting and flexible service, managing all aspects of composite engineering, from the development of tooling to component series production.

  • Marine

    URT’s Work with marine composites has included the production of bespoke precision equipment for high-performance vessels and luxury yachts.

  • Defence

    URT’s work in the defence industry includes engineering components for the MoD – work that is largely confidential. However, it is public knowledge that URT constructed the safety cell for the Foxhound light protected patrol vehicles, in partnership with Force Protection, DSG, Thales and Ricardo.

  • Aerospace

    URT conduct pre-flight research and development work on lightweight internal aircraft structures. The group has also completed prototype galleys for a number of major aerospace Tier 1 manufacturers, UAV programmes are also part of our portfolio within the aerospace industry. In addition URT has carried out a number of projects within the Astronautics industry, providing alternative manufacture techniques that meet with the stringent structural/material specifications set by space flight regulations.

  • Lifestyle

    URT have recently developed a strong reputation crafting bespoke lifestyle products for design studios. The group specialises in the manufacture of limited run production and exhibition pieces, ranging from tables, desks, chairs to composite chandeliers.


Partnerships

  • Ministry of Defence
  • Bristol Cars
  • Morgan Motors
  • Bloodhound SSC
  • Gibson Technology
  • Jota Sport
  • RAL Space
  • Established & Sons
  • European Space Agency
  • Lewmar
  • Bristol Cars
  • Morgan Motors
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Bloodhound SSC

The Foxhound, an armoured vehicle, relies on URT's composite materials for protection in areas of conflict.

Project Bloodhound, produced in partnership with URT, is a supersonic car that has been designed to break the land speed record.

Case study coming soon.

Project Bloodhound

Project Bloodhound

The Bloodhound

Project Bloodhound is a supersonic car propelled by jet and rocket engines. Designed to exceed speeds of 1,000mph, it will become the fastest land vehicle in the world.

The current land speed record, 763mph, has remained unbroken since 1997. Potentially, the Bloodhound could surpass this record by more than 250mph.

Thrust SSC

Holds the current land speed record of 763mph

Thrust SSC

F-104 Starfighter

Holds the low altitude speed record of 988mph

F-104 Starfighter

.357 Magnum

Cartridges fire a bullet at 450m/s (approx. 1,007mph)

.357 Magnum

Bloodhound SSC

Capable of reaching a top speed of 1,050mph

Bloodhound SSC
With such an incredible speed, what exactly is the Bloodhound faster than?

The Bloodhound interior

URT, a technical partner in the project, constructed the carbon fibre monocoque safety cell and seat for the Bloodhound. This project called on URT’s experience of developing and manufacturing safety-critical composite crash structures.

To break the land speed record, there are numerous extreme conditions that the Bloodhound must withstand. See why none other than URT has been entrusted to maintain the driver's safety inside of the cockpit.

How long does it take the Bloodhound to accelerate from 0 to 1,000mph?
How long does it take the Bloodhound to accelerate from 0 to 1,000mph?
How long does it take the Bloodhound to accelerate from 0 to 1,000mph?
55 seconds

500 to 1,000mph takes only 17 seconds

At top speed, how long does it take the Bloodhound to travel one mile?
At top speed, how long does it take the Bloodhound to travel one mile?
At top speed, how long does it take the Bloodhound to travel one mile?
3.6 seconds
How much horsepower is generated by the Bloodhound?
How much horsepower is generated by the Bloodhound?
135,000hp

That is 25,000 more horsepower than a Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner

At top speed, how much drag is imposed on the Bloodhound?
At top speed, how much drag is imposed on the Bloodhound?
20 tonnes

That is more than the weight of two adult elephants, plus their baby

How much force is generated at the rims of the Bloodhound's wheels?
How much force is generated at the rims of the Bloodhound's wheels?
50,000g

An area the size of a sugar cube would weigh more than two men

If the Bloodhound were launched vertically into the air, what altitude could it reach?
If the Bloodhound were launched vertically into the air, what altitude could it reach?
25,000ft

The peak of Mount Everest is 29,000ft above sea level

What temperature is produced by the rocket of the Bloodhound?
What temperature is produced by the rocket of the Bloodhound?
What temperature is produced by the rocket of the Bloodhound?
3,000°C

That is twice the temperature inside of a volcano

How much air is consumed by the Bloodhound's jet engine each second?
How much air is consumed by the Bloodhound's jet engine each second?
How much air is consumed by the Bloodhound's jet engine each second?
64,000L

An average house would have all of its air sucked out in three seconds

The Foxhound

Foxhound

The Problem

The Ministry of Defence

During the British Army’s operation in Iraq and Afghanistan, roadside bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were a constant threat to infantry. Light patrol vehicles were most susceptible, since they lacked proper protection against such weaponry.

The Ministry of Defence sought a replacement vehicle, one that would specialise in protecting its passengers from explosive blasts.

The Solution

The Foxhound

Pictured: A Foxhound that was struck by an IED in Kabul, Afghanistan. All passengers inside were protected from the blast.

Named the Foxhound, it has become the new light protected patrol vehicle of the British Army.

One of its most notable features is the use composite materials. Not only does it offer a level of protection comparable to steel armour. But at a fraction of the weight.

The Ministry of Defence could not afford delays in acquiring high quality composite materials. They needed a supplier with expertise and fast turnaround.

URT's involvement

Ricardo, URT and Force Protection

In partnership with Ricardo and Force Protection Europe, URT was tasked to provide a prototype for the Foxhound. During testing, their use of composite materials offered unprecedented levels of protection.

The ministry of Defence ordered 300 Foxhound vehicle. From concept through to production, URT had delivered the first 152 safety cells within 18 months.



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URT Group Ltd.

Heath Place
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
PO22 9SL

01243 829 126

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