Along with valued and potential new customers, award winning Group Rhodes attracted a plethora of VIP’s including HRH Duke of York and Mark Prisk, small business minister when the manufacturer exhibited at the recent MACH Show (Birmingham NEC, June 2010) one of the UK\'s premier manufacturing technologies events.

During the show, Group Rhodes managing director, Mark Ridgway (who is Vice President of the Manufacturing Technologies Association) also met with Business Secretary, Vince Cable.

Visitors to the Group Rhodes stand had the opportunity to view its new range of Mechanical Presses. The Rhodes DS2-160, a straight sided, double cranked, 160 tonne mechanical press has been completely revamped to improve productive output and efficiency. The press, which boasts the new generation of Rhodes control systems, is designed specifically with two-point suspension to provide a larger working bed area to cater for specialist tooling.

Also on display were the audiovisual and graphical illustrations of the acclaimed range of Rhodes Super Plastic Forming and Diffusion Bonding (SPF/DB) Presses. Recently winning the highly prestigious 2010 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category, the Rhodes SPF/DB range of presses have helped to revolutionise the forming of metals in the Aerospace and Automotive industries. The latest presses have served to improve both the efficiency and output of the forming process, while at the same time dramatically reducing energy consumption and waste.