Friday, October 23, 2009

News: Royal visit for Rotherham company


HRH the Duke of Kent was in Rotherham this week to officially open CCPI Europe Ltd's facilities at Wales Bar.

US-owned CCPI is a specialist in temperature calibration and manufacturing equipment that measures temperatures, used in a range of engineering and manufacturing activities. They include calibrating temperature-sensing cable used in testing Rolls-Royce jet engines.

The Duke of Kent toured the £3m manufacturing, laboratory and research facility at Langtree's Vector 31 Business Park with American and European representatives of the company.

He saw how CCPI manufactures mineral-insulated temperature sensors down to sizes as small as 0.5mm diameter and how the UKAS-accredited laboratory conducts calibrations and calibrates sensors giving uncertainties of measurement as tiny as +/-0.004 deg C. Vital when the highest-quality measurements are required by CCPI customers manufacturing state-of-the-art aerospace components.

CCPI began in Blanchester, Ohio in 1957 and CCPI Europe was established by Fred Knight in 1984, because he believed the company had a future in the UK and Europe. So strong was his belief that he started a one-man operation in his garage. From that it has grown to employ more than 50 people, headed by managing director Keith Hicks.

The Rotherham company works with Bodycote International Group and other heat-treatment companies, such as GKN, TTI and GE. In the glass industry, it helps support companies such as Rockware, and in engineering and steel Forgemaster and Corus. End-users include Volvo.

CCPI Europe website

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