The Lola Group made their first ever official appearance at DSEI 2007 (Defence
Systems & Equipment International) show last week. The world’s most prestigious defence exhibition ran for 4 days and was attended by over 230,000 industry insiders.
The Lola Group has forged a burgeoning reputation in recent years for its emergence as a provider of specialist technology to the Defence and Aerospace industries. Renowned as a winner on the track in global motorsport competition, Lola is now showing the multi-faceted aspects to its business that are providing advanced composite to a host of industries. Lola will be showcasing some of its most recent projects at the DSEI show, including an example of the EADS-Astrium SCOT Radome, a ‘Flydrive’ communications dish built for Advent, a model of the BAE systems Talisman UUV (Un-manned underwater vehicle) and one of the latest Banshee UAV’s (Un-manned aircraft vehicle, co-designed and built by Lola Composites for Meggitt Defence.
About Altanet Technology Ltd
Altanet Technology has been the defence and communications arm of the Lola Group since 1998. Operating from separate premises to the Lola Composites and Car divisions, Altanet has forged a strong reputation as a high grade composites engineering company, specialising in the defence and communications sectors.
In the Transferring of Best Practice category, Altanet was recently awarded the Silver Award by the BAE Business Chairman’s Awards Panel for work undertaken on the Talisman UUV. With ambitious plans to increase its productivity and expand its portfolio of working with some of the world’s most prestigious defence, communications and marine companies in place, Altanet is fast becoming a growing force within many industries. From 1998 onwards Altanet has been instrumental in the design and manufacture of structural marine components on the Type 45 destroyer, delivering these capabilities and solutions in Radome and Radome assemblies:
- Structural design
- Aerodynamic analysis
- Mechanical and electrical testing
About Lola Composites
Lola Composites is a globally recognised supplier of advanced composites to the aerospace, defence, communications, automotive and marine sectors.
With over 20 years experience in creating composite structures, Lola Composites has evolved to become a trusted and reliable supplier of innovative technical solutions and high achieving performance products. Lola Composites and Altanet Technology Ltd have a world class capability and track record with AS9100 and ISO 9001:2000 certifications.
Lola has recently joined the prestigious Watchkeeper programme. The UK Ministry of Defence awarded the contract, worth £700m, to a consortium led by Thales UK. Lola Composites is bringing its full range of design and manufacturing skills to the project as an official supplier, handling some of the tooling and the initial build of the UAV. Lola Composites also produces composite parts, for many other military applications, including the entire structure for Meggitt Defence’s Voodoo and Banshee UAV’s. Aerospace Tooling and production of parts, and tooling for aerospace, has long been a Lola speciality.
Typical parts include cowlings, wing components, fuel cells, floatation systems and door components as well as various in- cabin structures. Tooling projects have included large stable tools for the Bombardier Challenger, Learjet, Gulfstream 5 and Global Express. Lola at the DSEI Exhibition You can find Lola at stand 1119, between aisles 11 and 12 at the Excel, Docklands, London.
Several key Lola Group personnel will be on hand to give you further insights into the Group’s capabilities. Lola Group is based at state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridgeshire, employing 240 highly skilled and experienced staff, with two-thirds devoted to composites. 2008 will see Lola celebrate their 50th anniversary.