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

  • Sonichem is leading a £600K Innovate UK-funded consortium to revolutionise the automotive industry with sustainable, bio-based materials.

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to share news of our involvement in a cutting-edge project led by Sonichem, actively contributing to the shift towards sustainable alternatives in materials and manufacturing.
  • National Composites Centre Delivering Impact to the UK

    The NCC has released a new report that evidences the impact it has delivered for the UK over the last five years. This includes driving industrial transformation through technical, supply-chain and workforce interventions and innovations.
  • Space West Newsletter

    Welcome to our New Year January edition of our Space West Newsletter where we'll bring you the latest discoveries, innovations, and stories from the world of space in the South West.
  • High Value Manufacturing Catapult Baglan: Statement

    The High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult is delighted to be collaborating with the Welsh Government on a new digital factory hub to advance manufacturing technology innovation and support Wales’ green industrial transformation.
  • National Composites Centre commissions Cygnet Texkimp filament winding machine for new era of hydrogen vessel development

    The NCC's new filament winding machine from Cygnet Texkimp builds on our investment in capability development for hydrogen. The machine will be used to create pressure vessels for a number of applications, supporting industry in developing business cases and products to enter this growing market.


  • Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Didcot
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    26 - 27 Feb 2024
    SPACEtalks is dynamic conference dedicated to driving commercial advancements in the space sector.
  • Paris, France
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    JEC World 2024

    05 - 07 Mar 2024
    The National Composites Centre will be exhibiting and presenting at JEC World 2024, the global trade show for composite materials and their applications. Held in Paris, JEC World is the industry’s leading event, hosting all the major players in a spirit of innovation, business, and networking.
  • British Motor Museum, Gaydon
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    Engineering Solutions Live

    21 Mar 2024
    Marc Funnell, Head of Digital Engineering at the National Composites Centre will be presenting on the topic of 'Towards Certification by Analysis – the potential role of Digital Twinning in regulatory frameworks'. Engineering Materials Live is a UK focused, specialist advanced materials event for design and production engineers.


  • 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 Composite Joining Principles

    Composite Joining Principles

    Use of the correct joints is vital to creating highly functional composite structures. We highly recommend this course for composite designers who want to improve their approach to bonding and joining composite materials ensuring better results.

    This course has been revamped to provide a more interactive learning experience, inviting you to elevate your skills and embark on a journey towards enhanced composites materials proficiency.

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