Our 2021 highlights

Like 2020, 2021 will be a year we’ll never forget. Amidst the tumult of Brexit, Covid and increasing environmental concerns, there’s a lot that we’re very grateful for and very proud of as we look back on 2021.


We’ve been juggling several very exciting projects this year, including:

  • our Innovate UK loan-funded work on developing world-beating capability in the fast processing of large composite beams
  • developing 99.9% antimicrobial materials
  • supporting development of a super lightweight carbon electric mountain bike
  • novel patent-pending designs for high strength lifting beams, and
  • work on a highly-novel electric chassis-cab van.


Within and around these projects we’ve also made great advances in our technological capabilities, including:

  • developing tooling that can make parts in minutes rather than hours
  • self-colouring materials
  • novel reinforced structural tubes
  • more sustainable joining methods
  • re-processing techniques to help reduce our waste from an already-very-low 5% to around 1%, and
  • first-of-a-kind visual inspection technology.


These advances have been recognised by the industry and the wider business community. We were invited to present aspects of our work at engineering and sports trade shows, and we’ve gratefully received awards for our innovations from Composites UK and the Midlands Chamber of Commerce. We were also honoured to be shortlisted  amongst luminaries like AstraZeneca in the national Chamber of Commerce awards.


We’ve seen our team grow, welcoming new members to our engineering and commercial teams, and taking on our first intern; we’ve taken on additional workspace to keep innovating; and we’ve continued to build strong, mutually beneficial relationships with our suppliers and customers.

Our team is looking forward to a well-earned rest with their families and we’re all very excited to welcome the challenges and opportunities of 2022.

From all at CBL, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Hosting the Great British Railways Transition Team


When we were asked by the Rail Forum to show members of the Great British Railways Transition Team and the Department for Business and Trade around our new facility, we jumped at the chance!

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