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Norco to Exhibit at Seawork for First Time

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Norco will be exhibiting at Seawork 2019 for the first time this year at stand PB35 in Hall 3. Having attended the exhibition many times in the past, Norco felt that this year was the ideal time to showcase a current Ministry of Defence workboat project.

Established in 1985 in Poole, Dorset, Norco specialise in large composite structures and GRP mouldings for end users in the UK and Europe. Operating from five sites with an overall capacity of 100,000 sq. ft, Norco employ over 170 skilled workers and train our staff to NVQ standards.

Norco provides a complete composites manufacturing service from design & engineering through to parts manufacturing and final assembly. The company is certified to ISO9001 & ISO14001 and holds the UK government Cyber Essentials accreditation.

In 2017, Norco were commissioned by Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) to manufacture the primary composite components for 30 plus Royal Navy replacement SEA Class workboats over a six-year period. As the primary composites supplier for this project, Norco are producing the major components for the new vessels including hull, deck, superstructure and associated multipurpose modules.

The composite components for the workboats are manufactured at Norco’s facilities using advanced boat building techniques. Norco’s experience and knowledge in such production techniques maintains the highest standards of quality and repeatability across the range of new workboats. Norco have been working closely with AEUK and the design team throughout project, providing support in areas such as design for manufacture and production solutions. This includes the design and manufacture of high-quality CNC tooling for the production of composite parts.

For another maritime client, Norco manufacture carbon suspension crew seats that are fitted to sea search & rescue boats. The seats are designed to dampen the motion of the boat over all sea conditions, which include extreme crashing waves. The improved stability from the seats ensures that the rescue crew have better visibility and can track objects out of the windows with ease whilst moving quickly over rough seas.

The carbon bucket seat is a custom designed part that fits the requirements of the boat/operator, including the bespoke equipment armrests, slider tubes and footrest. The carbon bucket seat provides a lightweight solution compared to a fabricated aluminium chair or a modified off the shelf seat.

James Bottoms, Engineering Manager at Norco, comments: “The sales and engineering team at Norco are excited to be returning to Seawork in 2019, this time exhibiting alongside several of our key supply partners, customers and end users. We are hoping to use the show as an opportunity to reacquaint with some existing contacts, as well as engaging with new and potential clients to demonstrate our
capabilities. Norco have a wealth of knowledge and experience in producing composite workboats and marine structures, with some interesting case studies to discuss from both past and present marine projects from the commercial marine, leisure and defence industry sectors.

"We like nothing more than discussing new opportunities – so please feel free to come by our stand and discuss how Norco might be the ideal partner for your next composite construction project.”

Seawork International is the largest international commercial maritime and workboat exhibition and conference held in a European working port environment. It takes place over three days in June every year, at the Port of Southampton, UK. Attracting more than 7,500 high calibre visitors from over 70 countries across the globe, Seawork is where buyers, sellers, innovators and legislators come together for three invaluable days at one incomparable location.

If you would like to talk to Norco at the show, they are exhibiting at stand PB35 in Hall 3. If you’re exhibiting, Norco would be more than happy to come to your stand for a conversation.
To arrange a meeting with Norco’s senior management, please get in touch on 01202 623 934 or



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