Research and development are at the core of Broadwater's beliefs. Our team of highly experienced engineers continue to push the boundaries of what is achievable in the FRP industry.
Broadwater Mouldings Ltd, was established in 1973 and is a subsidiary of the Betts Group of companies which employs over 180 people. We operate from a purpose built manufacturing facility with works extending to 7,500m² (81,000ft²) on a site of 17,500m² (4.3ac) near Beccles in Suffolk.
With an experienced and highly skilled team offering engineering solutions in the manufacture and supply of Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) mouldings and assemblies, we have accumulated considerable expertise, providing a service spanning many industries worldwide.
Having previously worked for several years at our sister company, Hatcher Components, Peter Taylor joined the group in 1979. Around 1987/8 , Peter was given the job of running our then newly acquired factory in Garboldisham, predominantly manufacturing BT Cabinets, bus parts and lots of parts for Hatcher. There he oversaw the making of Chutes […]
Suffolk based GRP engineering company, Broadwater Mouldings, have been developing a moulding technique to produce high quality finished parts in a fraction of the time it takes for usual methods. The company has a wide portfolio of moulding processes, but the two most frequently used are closed mould, Low Pressure Press Moulding (LPPM) and Resin […]
During the design and development phase of a project, our engineering staff will endeavour to guide and advise our customers. We aim to arrive at a solution which will satisfy the technical and cosmetic requirements, as well as offering the best value for money.
Whilst a face-to-face meeting, or a design review would be the preferred option, timescales, circumstances and location may dictate that other methods are employed. By using CAD, many iterations of a design may be evaluated, modified and re-evaluated in a very short space of time. Simultaneous design and manufacture of mould tooling, assembly fixtures, and prototypes, reduces the time to serial component production, and therefore time to market.
Broadwater’s Unique Selling Point is the ability produce and supply mouldings and assemblies with a surface finish which does not require painting or post mould coating. Painting is always an option, and is essential in some cases. However, in order to offer our customers the best value for money, we would always try to offer products with an “as moulded surface finish”, which maybe high gloss, semi-gloss, or textured.
Removing the need for painting does save money. Painting a composite panel can increase the total cost by up 70% in extreme cases.
Where durability is a consideration, gel coats have been found to outperform paint systems, particularly where chipping and scratching are an issue, and the appearance of the product is important. In fact, surface durability and cosmetic appearance retention has been a major factor in winning some new projects for Broadwater.