Holton Heath’s Norco Composites Awarded New Contracts and is Recruiting

Large composite structures & GRP mouldings manufacturer NORCO is expanding and recruiting in all
areas in response to significant contracts awarded in global defence, aerospace, and subsea markets.

Based at Holton Heath Trading Estate, NORCO has grown over the last 35 years from a GRP tank
manufacturer to a service-oriented company, offering technical support to Defence, Aerospace, and
Marine projects to build large composite structures.

This high-demand expertise has led to significant investment in the existing 6 facilities and 170
employees, with further growth ongoing as an influx of additional contracts continues into 2023.
NORCO’s 5-year plan includes further development of the Winfrith site and the specialist training
programme for existing and new employees to support future demand.

The various types of work and emphasis on investment in the local community allow employees to
increase their skill set and cross-train between departments, enabling NORCO’s renowned technical

Production Manager Simon Mitchell comments: “I worked my way up to Production Manager throughout
my 22 years with NORCO. I started by gaining knowledge as a laminator of mouldings & processes and
continued to progress to a supervisor and now a management position.”

“Some of my favourite work has utilised the team’s expertise on specialist applications in renewables energy sectors, testing a 9-meter tidal turbine blade was a personal highlight!”

Programme Manager, Steve Ross adds: “I joined Norco in 2014 on the shop floor as a laminator. With the
wide variety of projects available, I was able to get involved with creating documents for some of the new
projects being worked on. This enabled me to progress to a Manufacturing Engineer role and then onto
Production and Programme Management.”

“I have been lucky enough to work on some fantastic projects from Marine, Automotive and UAV’s. One of the key projects involved building a large carbon fibre flying wing with 42m wingspan and only weighing 120kg.”

During the next few months, NORCO aims to recruit 10-plus workers, bolstering its 170-strong workforce based across several sites in Dorset.

Managing Director Mark Northey said: “We’re able to offer competitive rates of pay along with fantastic benefits and the opportunity for training and career advancement. The Defence, Aerospace and Subsea sectors are in a strong position for the next ten years, which provides welcomed job security.”

“Securing more skilled workers is now the key to maintaining growth and we believe that we should do this by investing in our local community, by training our staff, supporting local businesses and charities such as Julia’s House.”

Website: www.norco.co.uk