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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  • Space West Newsletter

    Welcome to the March 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.
  • New CEAMS innovation centre for Rochdale represents “a BIG BANG for regional economic prosperity”

    Plans for the new Centre of Expertise in Advanced Materials and Sustainability (CEAMS) is set to turbo charge the local economy and bring millions of pounds of investment to Rochdale and the wider region. CEAMS is led by a consortium of expert partners, including the National Composites Centre.
  • NCC develops novel cryostat device and test method to advance UK capability for hydrogen

    The NCC has developed a novel cryostat and test method that allows the screening of composite material performance at cryogenic temperatures in an ultra-fast and cost-effective way. The innovative device and accompanying test method provides a solution for screening a wide selection of materials, highlighting those most suitable for detailed material testing using conventional methods.
  • JEC World Paris 2024

    The National Composites Centre is exhibiting at JEC World 2024 - the global trade show for composite materials and their applications. Come find us at the UK pavilion led by Composites UK, in Hall 6, Stand S 62.
  • £360M to boost British Manufacturing and research and development

    Ahead of the Spring Budget this week, the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has today (Monday 4 March) announced a significant investment package in the UK’s life sciences and manufacturing sectors, as part of the government’s plan to grow the economy, boost health resilience and support jobs across the UK.


  • Business Design Centre, London
    Read more about Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2024

    Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2024

    23 - 24 Apr 2024
    The National Composites Centre is proud to be part of Materials Research Exchange (MRE2024). Jack Alcock, Technology Programme Manager, will be presenting. We also invite you to visit us on Stand B3 where you can speak to the team about our services and capabilities.
  • California, USA
    Read more about SAMPE North America 2024

    SAMPE North America 2024

    20 - 23 May 2024
    SAMPE 2024 is North America's premier advanced materials and process engineering conference and exhibition tradeshow. Happening in May 2024, NCC experts will be available throughout the conference to discuss your engineering 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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