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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:58

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Composites UK and the National Composites Centre (NCC), along with 14 of the UK’s innovative and growing composites companies, are joining forces at the 2016 JEC World Composites Show in Paris this March to promote the UK as a driving force in innovation for fibre-reinforced composite materials (FRPs). 

The UK Pavilion is designed to showcase the UK companies and the UK as a major player in the composites arena and we invite you to visit us.  

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 17:43

The NCC is pleased to see the future prospects of UK based Aviation Enterprises Limited (AEL) being lifted through acquisition by Airborne International (Airborne). Through this 100 % share acquisition, Airborne gains a footprint in the UK and enhances its position in the composites market for marine structures. AEL has a strong network in the UK, as well as extensive technical expertise and a solid Intellectual Property portfolio in the field of marine composites.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 13:40

The NCC Capability and Training teams have been working with GKN Aerospace and Coriolis Composites to develop an Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) Modular Training Programme suitable for introductory, intermediate and advanced learning.

The first stage is nearing completion and the AFP Familiarisation course content has been finalised following the delivery of the second pilot course on Wednesday 9th December 2015 to GKN Aerospace nominated delegates. When asked what they enjoyed about the course and whether it met their expectations, delegates told us:

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 10:22

On Monday 7th March 2016, Digimat will be hosting a Composites Technology Day at the Délégation Générale Wallonie-Bruxelles (AWEX) in Paris. This free event coincides with JEC World Composites Show and Conference on 8th - 10th March, giving composite designers, CAE engineers and simulation managers an opportunity to combine their visit to the world's biggest composite event with a technical conference the day before.

The Digimat technical day will focus on the accurate modelling of chopped and continuous fibre composites. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 09:32

The NCC has successfully bid and won funding for the IDP12 Feasibility call, working with Omnia (CS) Ltd ( to look at "Lightweight and cost-effective composite structural core from recylclate".

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 15:17

Following the success of Mega Mission 2015 to Emerging Europe, UK Trade and Investment is organising the Technology is GREAT: Mega Mission 2016 on the 7th-10th March 2016, a trade delegation of British companies to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Emerging Europe, benefitting from more than £120 billion in EU Structural and Cohesion funding backed up by sizeable national investment, provides a wide range of opportunities for UK companies. The Mega Mission will focus in particular on four sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, E-commerce, the Internet of Things and FinTech.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 13:34

The NCC is delighted to be attending the London Boat Show 2016 on the 8th and 12th January 2016.

Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, and Graham Harrison, Head of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, will be attending Europe’s first ever Boat Show now in its 62nd year. This world-renowned event showcases the very latest in marine technology and innovation and offers a fantastic industry networking opportunity.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 12:41

In 2013, Rogers Yacht Design, commissioned by the National Composites Centre (NCC), developed a Class 950 yacht, a high performance offshore racing yacht for amateur and semi-professional sailors.  The Classe 950 rules allow boats up to 9.5m long with an all-up weight of c.2700kg including the keel, rig and equipment, and offers an ideal stepping stone to honing single-handed skills for larger ocean races such as the Vendee Globe.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 16:31

Proposals to bring new investment and jobs to the West of England were shared with Business Secretary Sajid Javid on a visit to the Bristol & Bath Science Park (3 December 2015).

Mr Javid met with members of the Science Park’s steering committee which includes a representative from the National Composites Centre to discuss emerging proposals to develop a world-class automotive research centre on the site. Also present to listen was the constituency MP, Chris Skidmore (Kingswood), and nearby MPs Ben Howlett (Bath)  and Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate).

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 09:00

Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, attended the UK Maritime Industries – Looking to the Future conference on the 18th November. The Transport KTN event showcased some of the successes and learning from past Innovate UK funded projects, as well as providing delegates the opportunity to check and comment on progress and outcomes from earlier roadmapping work for the sector. A particularly memorable presentation was from the BAR Chief Engineer, regarding the progress towards the Ben Ainslee Racing’s UK Americas Cup challenge.


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