Sigma invests £650,000 to expand global capacity - Sigma Components is investing £650,000 in a new manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China, creating additional capacity for its rigid pipe manufacturing programme for Rolls-Royce’s XWB engine, in particular. This significant capital expenditure comes quickly after Sigma’s recent change of ownership earlier this year and will provide capacity for both existing programmes and expected growth over... Read More
Sigma develops world-class new product introduction capability - FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW Hall 1, Stand B90 Sigma Components has brought together its long-standing New Product Introduction capabilities with its growing Research and Development team to develop a world-class centre for new product introduction for aerospace customers.   Initially known for its make-to-print expertise in aerospace pipe manufacture and fabrication, the business has evolved significantly over... Read More
Sigma develops centre of excellence for pipe manufacturing -   FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW Hall 1, Stand B90 Aerospace manufacturer, Sigma Components, has developed a Centre of Excellence for pipe manufacturing across two of its UK manufacturing facilities.   The specialist facilities at Sigma’s Hinckley and Nuneaton sites will serve as a Centre of Excellence for the company’s global pipe manufacturing operation, which was grown significantly... Read More
Sigma expands global pipe manufacturing footprint - FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW Hall 1, Stand B90 Sigma Components has expanded its global pipe manufacturing footprint, following a sustained period of growth and the strategic acquisition of Rolls-Royce’s internal pipe manufacturing business. A leading manufacturer of precision engineered components and fixings for the aerospace sector, Sigma Components employees more than 750 people across its four facilities... Read More
Founder eyes exciting future for Sigma - FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW HALL 1, STAND B90 The founder and CEO of Sigma Components is looking forward to an exciting future after finalising a deal to secure new investment in the aerospace manufacturer.   Mark Johnson, who founded Sigma Components in 2004, said: “The completion of the deal with Silverfleet Capital marks the start of a... Read More
Silverfleet backs MBO of Sigma Components from Avingtrans PLC -   Silverfleet Capital Partners LLP has signed an agreement with Avingtrans for the purchase of Sigma Components – Avingtrans’ Aerospace division – for £65 million. The company has grown strongly since Avingtrans first invested in Sigma in June 2006 and now employs over 750 people at facilities across the UK and China, with an annualised... Read More
Sigma acquires Rolls-Royce pipe business - Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans PLC’s aerospace division, has agreed to acquire Rolls-Royce’s internal pipe manufacturing businesses in Nuneaton, UK and Xi’an, China for around £3.5m. Mark Johnson, founder of Sigma Components and managing director of Avingtrans’ Aerospace Division, said: “We’re delighted with the acquisition, which strengthens our position on several key programmes including Trent... Read More
Lightweight end fittings offer 30-60% weight savings -   Engineers at Sigma Components – Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division – have produced aerospace pipe fittings offering weight savings of between 30 and 60%. The fittings are the result of spin off research and development programmes inspired by the company’s successful COMPipe project to develop composite pipe assemblies for use in aero-engines. “Designing lightweight end... Read More
Sigma exhibits composites technologies at Advanced Engineering Show - Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division – will showcase its range of lightweight components at this year’s Advanced Engineering Show (Stand E136).   Star of the show is COMPipe – a composite aero-engine pipe that delivers weight savings of 50% over traditionally-manufactured pipes. The result of a CleanSky funded programme, COMPipe is capable... Read More
Sigma showcases Sigma Lite brand at Airtec - SIGMA SHOWCASES SIGMA LITE BRAND Leading aerospace manufacturer Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division, will showcase its new range of lightweight aero-engine and airframe components under the ‘Sigma Lite’ brand at Airtec 2015 (Hall C, Booth D91), alongside its traditionally-manufactured components such as rigid pipe assemblies, ducting, fabrications, sub-assemblies and specialist fasteners. Components... Read More
Joe Sproat, Wesley Cole, Mark Johnson and Callum Lyon outside the Houses of Parliament Sigma apprentices enjoy House of Commons Reception - Three apprentices from Sigma Precision Components – (the Aerospace Division of Avingtrans plc) – enjoyed a trip to London last week when they were invited to a special Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons. Joe Sproat (20) from Hinckley, Wesley Cole (22) from Farnborough and Callum Lyon (19) from Nottingham joined ministers, MPs and... Read More
Sigma Secures £5m Deal at Paris Airshow - Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division, has today signed a contract worth £5m with global aero-structures company Sonaca. The contract will see Sigma supplying fabricated details and assemblies to Sonaca for use on programmes including Airbus’ single-aisle, Bombardier’s C Series and Embraer E2. Mark Johnson, founder and managing director of Sigma Precision Components,... Read More
DSC05381 Minister of State visits Sigma at Paris Airshow - Francis Maude, Minister of State for Trade and Investment visited Sigma Precision Components to find out more about its Sigma Lite range of lightweight aerospace components at Paris Airshow (UK Pavilion, Hall 2B, Stand G178).   The range – which includes composite pipes, lightweight end fittings and drive shafts, offer substantial weight – and therefore... Read More
Sigma Launches ‘Lite’ brand at Paris Airshow - PARIS AIRSHOW, 15-21 JUNE 2015 HALL 2B, STAND G158   SIGMA LITE OFFERS MORE WEIGHT SAVING AND COST REDUCTION   Leading aerospace manufacturer Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division, is launching a new range of lightweight aero-engine and airframe components, under the ‘Sigma Lite’ brand at Paris Airshow (Hall 2B, Stand G158).  ... Read More
COMPipe delivers 50% weight saving - PARIS AIRSHOW, 15-21 JUNE 2015 Hall 2B, Stand G158   COMPOSITE PIPE DELIVERS 50% WEIGHT SAVINGS   Sigma Precision Components, which forms Avingtrans plc’s Aerospace Division, is delighted to announce that its Clean Sky, SAGE 3 funded project to develop composite pipes for Rolls-Royce aero-engines has delivered verified weight savings of 50% when compared to... Read More
SIGMA PRESENTS AT AEROMART MONTREAL - Mark Johnson, founder and managing director of Sigma Precision Components, will give a presentation on low-weight, low-cost technology at AEROMART Montreal on 1 April. The company, which has manufacturing facilities in the UK and China, has invested significant time and resources over the last few years developing a range of products – including pipe assemblies... Read More
Sigma Celebrates £25m Airbus Contract - Sigma Components, part of Avingtrans plc’s aerospace division, has signed a contract worth £25 million to supply complex fabricated assemblies for the Airbus A350 programme. The ten-year contract with PFW Aerospace GmbH, Speyer, Germany (part of Airbus) will be managed from the company’s expanded Farnborough site and will see Sigma becoming the sole supplier to... Read More
Sigma secures NATEP funding - Sigma Components has secured a project worth over £ 280,000 supported by £140,000 of funding from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) to develop lightweight pipe end fittings. The project, in partnership with 3T RPD, will see the team redesigning a selection of traditional end fittings to minimise both weight and cost by using... Read More
Sigma invests in composites technology - Sigma Composites – part of Sigma Components – has invested £50,000 in a braiding machine to take its composites business to the next level. The move is part of an ongoing programme of investments across Sigma’s businesses that has already seen it develop components for high-performance industries with capabilities not previously available, as well as... Read More
Sigma appoints Barbour to composites role - Sigma Components – Avingtrans Plc’s aerospace division – has appointed Steve Barbour as managing director of its Sigma Composites business. Barbour, who began his career as a commercial graduate trainee at Rolls-Royce, brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently as managing director of AIM Composites in Cambridge. Steve said: “I’m excited to... Read More
Sigma Returns to Airshow China - Sigma Components will make a welcome return to Airshow China in 2014, showcasing a range of products – including its innovative COMPipe – in the UK Pavilion (Stand 1A T2A) The company, which forms Avingtrans PLC’s aerospace division, was formed to support expected growth in the Chinese market. It now operates from six sites across... Read More
Sigma expands with RMDG acquisition - Sigma Components, the Aerospace Division of Avingtrans plc has acquired RMDG Aerospace Limited in a deal with Tricorn Group plc valued at £1.1 million. Based in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, RMDG manufactures a range of rigid pipe assemblies and precision aerospace components for tier-one aerospace OEMs. RMDG employs 29 people in the UK. Mark Johnson, Managing Director... Read More
Cable at Sigma_web Business Secretary Vince Cable praises the Sigma spirit - Business Secretary Vince Cable has praised the inventive spirit of Sigma’s engineers, during a visit to its Hinckley facility this week. Dr Cable learned how Sigma is making an impact in the global market, with revolutionary innovations including lightweight pipes and fittings for aero-engines. Weighing the difference between the traditional pipe and the new COMPipe... Read More
Cameron-Sigma-official-web Prime Minister unveils COMPipe – revolutionary weight saving technology - Prime Minister David Cameron attended the official launch of COMPipe this morning at Farnborough Air Show 2014. The new technology, developed by Sigma Components as part of the €1.8m Clean Sky programme will deliver dramatic weight savings for aero-engines, reducing costs and CO2. Sigma Components’ managing director Mark Johnson invited the Prime Minister to compare... Read More
Second Sigma business signs up to Sharing in Growth - Farnborough-based aerospace manufacturer Sigma Components has signed a contract with Sharing in Growth for a business support programme valued at £1.2m over the next five years. The site is the second business within Avingtrans PLC’s aerospace division to sign up to the scheme, which will see it benefitting from an intense programme of business improvement... Read More
Sigma secures £25m contract with Rolls-Royce - A Hinckley aerospace manufacturer is celebrating after securing a contract worth £25 million over 10 years to supply key aero-engine components to Rolls-Royce. Sigma Components, which is based at Dodwells Road Industrial Estate, will provide a variety of pipe assemblies that transport fluids and air around the engine for the programme. Mark Johnson, founder of... Read More
Sigma China celebrates NADCAP accreditation - Sigma Components, which forms Avingtrans PLC’s aerospace division, is celebrating after its Chinese manufacturing facility received NADCAP accreditation. The 30,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Chengdu, China supplies components to Sigma’s UK sites and is now fully NADCAP certified for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Fluid Penetrate Inspection, NDT X-Ray, Welding and Brazing. Mark Johnson, founder and... Read More
Minister praises Sigma’s global success - A Government Minister has praised aerospace components manufacturer Sigma Components for its success developing international partnerships to fuel business growth during a recent visit to China. Lord Livingston, UK Trade Minister, made the comments during a trade visit that saw over 150 business leaders and Government Ministers visiting sites in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, where... Read More
Sigma Composites celebrates aerospace standard - Sigma Composites is celebrating after being awarded the aerospace quality management standard AS9100. Part of Sigma Components, it will now develop its product range for aerospace manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. Mark Johnson, managing director of Sigma Components, said: “We’re delighted that Sigma Composites has achieved AS9100, which will open doors as we develop our composites... Read More
Sigma Secures £55m Rolls-Royce contract - Sigma Components, a leading supplier of precision-engineered components to the global aerospace market, has signed its third long-term agreement with Rolls-Royce within the last 12 months. The contract, which is worth an estimated £55m over 10 years, will see Sigma’s facilities in the UK and China being the sole supplier of self-locking nuts to Rolls... Read More
Sigma wins EU Funded Technology Project - Sigma is proud to announce it has been awarded a 1.8 million Euro new technology project as part of the Clean Sky programme to develop composite pipes for aero engine applications. Sigma will be working in collaboration with TWI Ltd based near Cambridge and the project is expejcted to last 18 months. Clean Sky is... Read More
SIGMA SECURES £1.6M RESEARCH PROJECT - Sigma Precision Components is celebrating after securing investment from the UK Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) to develop composite drive shafts for aerospace applications. The project, worth £1.6 million, will see the Hinckley-headquartered business working in conjunction with engineers at the University of Manchester to develop composite drive shafts as a lightweight alternative... Read More
Composite aero-engine pipes could offer 50% weight savings - An R&D programme to develop non-metallic pipes for aero-engine applications could deliver weight savings of up to 50%, according to current estimates from engineers at Sigma Components. The predicted weight savings were announced as Sigma Composites provided a mid-point update on its €1.8m Clean Sky funded COMPipe project at the Composites Engineering show at the... Read More
Sigma Composites Launches Emergency Rescue Platform - Emergency services and disaster recovery teams will be able to reach people in need and carry them to safety more easily thanks to a new product developed by Sigma Composites. The team has developed a lightweight, highly-portable assembly that can be used as a ladder and a gap crossing, as well as a stretcher if... Read More
Rigid Pipe Manufacturing and CNC Machine Investment in China - Sigma’s facility in Chengdu now has a comprenhensive manfacturing capability for rigid pipe assemblies. Significant investment has been made in pipe bending, cleaning, welding, assembly, NDT (FPI and X-ray) and pressure test equipment in a dedicated area of the factory. The first trial pipes were completed in November and the facility will be production-ready during... Read More
Great news from the guys at Sigma Farnborough £25m Safran Aircelle Contract - Safran Aircelle is an exciting client of the PFW Farnborough business that Avingtrans acquired in December 2012. The contract, which is valued at circa £25m of revenue to Avingtrans over its duration of 10 years, includes the existing scope of the commercial agreeemnt between the two companies and is to supply various fabricated assemblies. Mark... Read More
Acquisition of PFW Farnborough - Avingtrans plc aquired the assets and operational activities of PFW UK’s Farnborough site on 3rd December 2012. The principal activity of the PFW Farnborough business is the manufacture of a wide range of precision aerospace components, from pipes and ducts to airframe structures. This capability strongly complements and broadens the existing business in Sigma, particularly... Read More
Acquisition of Aerotech Tubes Ltd - On 23rd November 2012 Avingtrans plc acquired Aerotech Tubes Ltd to expand Avingtrans’ Aerospace Division. Furthermore, the Company is pleased to have secured a new long term agreement, valued currently at GBP2 million per annum, over the next ten years, with an existing Aerotech customer. Based in Derby, Aerotech manufactures pipe assemblies and manifolds for... Read More