Engineering like-mindedness seals fifteen year partnership
01 September 2013
The leading mountain bike specialist, Hope Technology manufactures most of what it needs at its new Barnoldswick factory in Lancashire; the exceptions are the electronics serving the lights, the brake pad material, hose, bearings and rubber seals.
Founded some 24 years ago by two Rolls-Royce aerospace engineers, Hope pioneered disk brakes for mountain bikes. Today, in addition to their world-renowned disk brakes, the company also manufacture drive train parts, hubs and lights as well as riding gear and even a bike cleaner.
The founders’ Rolls-Royce heritage underpins the company’s focus on product quality, which is achieved through engineering precision. When combined with their commitment to produce virtually every part at the UK factory - from raw material to finished item - any outside source is chosen very carefully.
Some fifteen years ago, Hope needed a specialist custom rubber seals and moulding supplier. DP Seals, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of precision custom rubber seals and mouldings was duly appointed, and it has been supplying the mountain bike specialist ever since, as Hope Technology co-founder Simon sharp explains:
“Off-the-shelf seals and O-rings don’t always fit the bill; we often need custom components to meet specific needs or polymer blends with very demanding characteristics. DP Seals not only delivers the highest quality backed with very sound engineering, its company ethos is very similar to our own.”
Working closely with Hope’s design team, DP Seals has developed several mouldings for disc brakes and lights, and delivers between 5,000 and 20,000 items every other month to the Barnoldswick factory.
The brake components are individually composed of specific blends of materials (one of DP Seals’ specialities), combined to offer high tensile strength and excellent resistance to silicone oils, greases and brake fluids.
DP Seals has a key role to play in a huge variety of industrial and commercial applications, from Formula 1 racing cars to ticket machines on the London Underground and domestic steam cleaners.
In addition, the company has supplied parts to Airbus, and for the Black Hawk and Typhoon military aircraft projects.
The company has been making custom rubber mouldings for over 35 years and employs over 40 people at its two Poole sites.
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