History of Excellence

In September 1685 Augustin Courtauld VI, a Huguenot refugee from La Rochelle in France, sought sanctuary in England. He was a Gold and Silversmith and successfully sold his skills to the "Courts" of the day. Some generations later the Courtauld family became disenchanted with the Gold and Silver Trades and George Courtauld became an apprentice to Peter Merzeau a Silk Weaver in Spitalfields, London. His decision was to plant the seed for what was to become a global company of 100,000 people.

In 1905, seeing enormous demand for silk, Samuel Courtauld took the inspirational decision to obtain a licence from the Silk Institute in Kew, London to manufacture artificial silk. He also bought the exclusive rights to Charles Frederick Topham's unique Box Spinning Machine. Combined, these two decisions were pivotal and Courtaulds dominated the world of artificial fibre production for the next six decades.

The first spinning boxes were made from aluminium sealed in natural rubber to prevent oxidisation of the aluminium. Seeking a more economical and less labour intensive method of manufacture, Courtaulds produced the first Bakelite Spinning Box in 1926 and the Courtaulds Bakelite Moulding team was born.

This team was to become a company in its own right, building unparalleled expertise in composite materials, engineering and manufacturing. The name over the door has changed a number of times over the years but the technical excellence and innovative thinking of our pioneering heritage remains the hallmark of our unique team. We are dedicated to the development of the most advanced materials, systems and manufacturing techniques.

In recent years, the Company has been known as NP Aerospace and it is one of the largest thermosetting moulding companies in Europe, manufacturing an extensive range of products for a wide variety of customers in the Defence, Aerospace, Electrical, Automotive and Medical Industries.

The company has been acquired by Morgan Advanced Materials plc and is now known as Morgan Advanced Materials - Composites and Defence Systems. Morgan delivers technical expertise and complimentary materials technologies as well as a global business infrastructure to reach customers worldwide.

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