Tuesday, November 5, 2013

News: Bromley on track to build fastest ever sled


Bromley Technologies is on track to manufacture its fastest ever sled for use in the forthcoming World Cup season and subsequent Olympic competition.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Bromley specialises in athlete-focused engineering technology, with its state-of-the-art test facility that helps finesse sporting talent.

Bromley now supply skeleton sleds and runners to athletes from 23 nations, from countries including Canada, Australia & Japan. In addition, the company has completed large international contracts involving mapping and simulating skeleton sled tracks - at speeds up to 90mph.

With a PhD in Materials Engineering and a former career as an engineer at BAE Systems, Kristan Bromley, a triple Olympian and "triple crown" winner in 2008, established the company with his brother Richard. The latest advanced manufacturing techniques are being used to create a sled for Kristan, and partner Shelley Rudman, also a GB Olympian and the current World Champion (pictured in action above and below, far left).
The British Skeleton Selection Committee recently confirmed the selection of Kristan and Shelley for the Great Britain World Cup and Intercontinental squads for the upcoming season. This will be Bromley's 18th consecutive year of competition and fourth Olympics.

Expert tooling supplier Nikken Kosakusho Europe is one company supporting the development of the new sled.

Kristan Bromley, CEO of Bromley Technologies (pictured with the GB squad, fourth from the left), said: "Bromley Technologies has been able to push the boundaries of performance even further than we initially hoped.

"Testing in Norway early in October clearly showed us that our goal of manufacturing the fastest skeleton sled in the world is on track thanks to the backing we have received. We are really looking forward to travelling to Sochi in early November and the opportunity to learn more about the 2014 Olympic track.

"Nikken's support is once again playing a key role as it has shipped vital equipment that enables me to make modifications before and after every run I am able to complete on the new Olympic course."

With headquarters on the Barbot Hall Industrial Estate and a technical office and demonstration / testing facility at the AMP, Nikken enjoys a global dominance of the rotary table technology market and supply manufacturers operating in the aerospace, defence, motorsport, automotive and medical sectors.

Gary Williamson, UK general manager of Nikken Kosakusho Europe, said: "Through our continual discussions with Kristan, we realise at Nikken just how important our assistance is. This directly mirrors the experience that our customers have as they consistently rely on our expertise to deliver quality solutions that will give them a competitive advantage in their particular sector.

"We wish Kristan every success over the coming weeks in Sochi as he prepares for the forthcoming World Cup season which starts in Calgary at the end of November."

Bromley Technologies website
Nikken Kosakusho Europe website

Images: British Skeleton


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