National Composites Centre

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About the NCC

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is an independent, open-access technology centre delivering world-class research and development of composites. As part of the UK’s Catapult Network, we offer our partners access to the latest technology, provide technical expertise and the business support they need to overcome barriers to innovation and accelerate their growth.

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Latest news

  • Space West - June Newsletter

    Welcome to the June edition of our Space West Newsletter. With each newsletter, we aim to share the most recent discoveries, advancements, and stories from the world of Space in the South West.
  • Business West: Recognising the Engineers of the Bristol Initiative for International Women in Engineering Day

    In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day 2024, Business West featured some members of the Bristol Initiative to share their stories and experiences, including Hannah Swinbourne, Research Engineer and Co-lead of the Women’s Led Network at the National Composites Centre. Read more.
  • National Composites Centre and the Tank Storage Association call for action to meet hydrogen targets in new workforce foresighting report

    Urgent action is needed in order for the UK to meet the government's target to increase hydrogen production, according to a new Workforce Foresighting Hub report.
  • Plymouth Science Park and National Composites Centre forge strategic partnership to boost South West innovation

    Plymouth Science Park and the NCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster industry-led collaborative research & development, drive innovation adoption and skills development, enhancing the South West region's position as a leader in emergent technologies.
  • Freeport East welcomes million-pound funding for international green hydrogen project

    The NCC is delighted to share news of our involvement in the international green hydrogen project to drive decarbonisation in the maritime sector. Led by UK SME Steamology, the Hydrogen Zero Emission Maritime (HyZEM) project will draw on our expertise in cryogenics and composites to accelerate the use of clean maritime technologies.


  • Farnborough
    Read more about Farnborough International Airshow

    Farnborough International Airshow

    22 - 26 Jul 2024
    The National Composites Centre will be participating in Farnborough International Airshow 2024, with the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult and its Centres, exhibiting on the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) stand.
  • Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
    Read more about International Composites Summit 2024

    International Composites Summit 2024

    04 - 05 Sep 2024
    Matt Scott, Chief Engineer for Capability and Vicky Summers, Principal Research Engineer for Sustainability will be presenting at the International Composites Summit (ICS). The event is considered the single place to do the most cost effective and sustainable composites business in the UK, bringing together industry leaders, researchers, and innovators from across the composites sector.
  • Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
    Read more about Fibre Polymer Composites in Construction (FPCC)

    Fibre Polymer Composites in Construction (FPCC)

    05 Sep 2024
    Kaloyana Kostova, Engineering Capability Lead for Structural Engineering and Callum Branfoot, Research Engineer for Engineering Operations in Verification will present ‘Appropriate Testing Approach for Durability of FRP rebar in AACM concrete’ at the Fibre Polymer Composites in Construction 2024 (FPPC). They will share findings from their collaboration with the University of Bath, and be available throughout the conference to discuss your next innovation needs. 


  • Read more about Introduction to Design for Composites

    Introduction to Design for Composites

    This course will give you an understanding of the requirements that are important to consider in the composites world, along with a series of tools and techniques that will enable you to create robust concept designs for every new project you undertake.
  • Read more about Introduction to Manual Prepreg Techniques

    Introduction to Manual Prepreg Techniques

    During this course we'll give you the background knowledge you need to optimise your use of prepreg materials in order to achieve the best possible outcomes. We'll also teach you the techniques used by technicians and you'll have the opportunity to practice what you've learnt.

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