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Friday, December 4, 2015 - 17:26

The National Composites Centre is delighted to announce the addition of its 50th Member, Chippenham-based CSA Performance Wheels Limited which owns the sole rights to manufacture and distribute official Dymag wheel designs and products. The manufacturer of these world-class carbon composite car and motorcycle wheels is a great addition to the NCC membership.

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 09:29

Composite panels can be significantly heavier than required, due entirely to the need to resist penetrative impact threats. Tier 1 Member, QinetiQ, has developed a commercially viable materials technology to address this issue, offering significant mass reductions, without any cost increase. The technology relies on the efficient, controlled introduction of a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) into a carbon fibre reinforced plastic.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 16:58

The National Composites Centre was delighted to exhibit at the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby on the 25th and 26th November.

Above: Graham Harrison, Dean Jones, Matt Hocking and Simon Astwood at the NCC stand

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 14:14

The NCC has launched a new Lean Improvement Modular Programme, working with a training provider with forty years of experience in industry.

The programme offers a suite of one-day courses that can be attended in sequence or in separate stand-alone modules to suit as required, based on knowledge and availability.

Course Overview

Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 14:03

Graham Harrison, Head of Govermental Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at the NCC, attended the UKTI Advanced Engineering mission to Brazil Conference.

Above: Graham Harrison, Head of Govermental Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, presenting.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:57

The National Composites Centre is proud to have been invited to exhibit tomorrow at the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby.

The event, held over two days from 25th to 26th of November, is a chance for the NCC to showcase the work being done at the state-of-the-art facilities in Bristol to Rolls-Royce staff across its Aerospace, Land and Sea divisions.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 15:22

At this year’s Composites UK Industry Awards annual dinner, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 4th November 2015, the ‘Innovation in Design’ award was won by Far-UK Ltd for its super lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) AxontexTM 3D beam car chassis design, developed by Axon Automotive Ltd (part of Far-UK). This innovative composite technology is used for the new Hyundai Intrado hydrogen powered crossover concept car. The super lightweight CFRP chassis prototypes were produced in the UK for Hyundai by Axon Automotive at its factory in Northamptonshire.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 14:19

The NCC was delighted to attend the Composites UK Industry Awards Dinner on the 4th November at the Hilton Metropole, where one of our own, Ashley Parkinson from the NCC, was nominated for the Trainee/Apprentice Award.  This was a fantastic event which ran in conjunction with the Advanced Engineering Show and offered further opportunities to network with over 200 industry professionals.

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 17:56

Last week, the NCC exhibited at the Advanced Engineering Show; the UK's largest annual advanced engineering trade show and conference.

This is the fifth year running that the NCC has exhibited in the Composites Engineering zone of the show, hosted at the NEC, Birmingham. The Composites Engineering Show represents the UK’s only annual trade show for the very latest in composites materials, moulding & processing equipment, tradeprocessors & fabricators, design, simulation, test & automation partners and much more .


Friday, October 30, 2015 - 09:42

Research carried out by University of Bristol academics together with composite manufacturing and training has been given a boost thanks to the installation at the National Composites Centre (NCC) of a new autoclave and CT scanner. The equipment was part of the  £3 million grant awarded to the University from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).  Placing the CT scanner and autoclave at the NCC complements the extensive training facilities and facilitates the widest possible access for both academia and industry.


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