Far-UK is an innovative company offering a revolutionary approach to the design and manufacture of lightweight structural composite components. Established to work with existing and new suppliers in the composites industry, Far develops processes, products and facilities to help its customers produce innovative components.
The people behind Far have an extensive background in composite material technology, high-volume manufacturing, design for manufacture and lean production techniques. These skills are supported by expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). There is also a strong automotive background, bringing experience to both automotive customers and other industries where cost-effective and lightweighting solutions are important. Far allows existing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to set up their own facilities and bring composite components into production, reducing the barriers to entry into this market.
In 2013, Far was part of the successful Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) that received UK funding under the Advanced Materials Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) to bring advanced composites into wider use in UK manufacturing. Far is the parent company of Axon Automotive Ltd who is a partner in two European FP7 projects called ECOGEL-CRONOS and INCOM (both projects are part of FoF.NMP.2013-10 Theme). Hence, Far has experience in taking part in European consortia.
FAR will utilise their materials and manufacturing experience to manage the task of delivery prototype axles and validating them through FEA as part of work package 5 “Vehicle and road train crash safe and lightweight architecture”. FAR will also be supporting work package 4 “Road train Energy Storage Management System (RESMS)” in relation to the specifications of the sub-systems of the electric powertrain and work packages 2 and 3 in conjunction with LSD as regards the steering functionality.
Dr LINDSEY Kevin, male, is the technical director at Far-UK. Kevin has gained significant experience in the application of composite materials to automotive structural applications working for companies such as Aston Martin and Lotus. Kevin has a PhD from the University of Nottingham (within the Polymer Composites Group). Within ESPRIT, Kevin will provide oversight and guidance when required to the design and validation activities. Dr COZIEN-CAZUC Sophie, female, is technical programme manager at Far-UK and is responsible for all the collaborative research projects. Sophie has a broad knowledge of polymer composite materials from her experience at the University of Nottingham (PhD within the Polymer Composites Group) and Cytec Industrial Materials. She also has a French Engineering degree in Materials from the ISITV and an MSc in Advanced Materials from Cranfield University. Within ESPRIT, Sophie will manage the tasks to ensure quality, cost and delivery commitments are met.
Dr HASHEMI Ras, male, is the senior analysis engineer at Far-UK and has over 25 years experience in validation of crash structures and composite materials for road vehicles, railways and aircraft coming from a previous consulting role at Cranfield Impact Centre, Cranfield University. Within ESPRIT, Ras will be responsible of the crash-worthiness study of the suspension system developed in work package 4.