The National Composites Centre celebrated the success of the extension project with a tradition-filled Topping Out ceremony in front of an array of international business leaders yesterday. NCC Member companies and other industrial representatives participated as cement was trowelled, evergreen branches banished bad luck and a tankard was presented to confirm the project is on track for completion in July 2014.
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On Thursday 6th March, a Graphene Consortium Building Workshop will be held at the National Composites Centre. The Graphic Consortium Building Workshops are held to support the forthcoming funding competition for feasibility studies in the application of graphene. The aims of the workshops include:
- Expose industrial organisation to the possibilities offered by graphene
- Encourage industry to actively engage in developing applications incorporating graphene and to lead projects with this aim
On Monday 17th March, Prof Steve Tsai of Stanford University, along with his international team, will be visiting the NCC to present and discuss the development of novel Thin Ply technology and associated design and manufacturing techniques.
The seminar will take place between 2.00pm and 5.30pm (please see the below attachment for the agenda).
Please register to attend by Friday 7th March in either of the ways described below:
The NCC was pleased to host Finance Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid MP, and Chris Skidmore, Member of Parliament for Kingswood, to provide a progress report on the building of our extension. The centre received additional government funding in the Autumn Statement 2012 to help expand operations, and the new building is already nearing the half-way point of construction.
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As you may have heard, the National Composites Centre was recently awarded funding from the BIS' Sector Mentoring Challenge Fund.
With the support of Composites UK, we are running a pilot to help support the growth of our sector by linking 10 Mentors and 10 Mentees to work with each other over a 12 month period beginning in April 2014.
Businesses across the South West are set to cash in on a new £4 million funding programme, run by the University of the West of England, Bristol.
The NCC’s largest single investment in one piece of equipment is very close to completion at the manufacturer’s works, and will be undergoing Factory Acceptance Testing there in mid-February before being dismantled and shipped to the UK for installation in our new Phase 2!
After hosting the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) Composites in Oil and Gas Roadmapping Workshop last week (see earlier news), the NCC were delighted to host both the CLF Automotive Roadmapping Session and the CLF Technology Working Group recently.
The National Composites Centre has been successful in bidding into BIS’ SMCF to run a pilot mentoring scheme. This will be available to help ambitious micro and SMEs wanting to take advantage of this £1 billion pa market in the UK and which is growing at least 9% pa.
With the support of Composites UK, we are looking to link 10 mentors and 10 mentees to work with each other over a 12 month period beginning in March 2014.
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