National Composites Centre

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

  • GW4 secures £10 million investment for Arm-based supercomputer Isambard 3, in collaboration with HPE and NVIDIA, creating one of the world’s TOP500 supercomputers

    The UK’s GW4 Alliance, which brings together the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, together with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), NVIDIA and Arm, have been awarded £10 million by UKRI to develop Isambard 3, a new, TOP500-class supercomputer service for AI and high-performance computing (HPC) which will be hosted at the National Composites Centre.
  • The National Composites Centre to Play Key Role in €4.99 Million Project to Develop Metal-Free Electronic Components

    The National Composites Centre will play a key role in the EU-funded REFORM project, which seeks to become the catalyst for the creation of a green functional electronics supply chain that could replace metal and copper wiring in electronic devices and appliances.
  • Gekatex Group join NCC Membership

    The National Composites Centre is pleased to welcome Gekatex Group as a Member.
  • Collaboration underway between the National Composites Centre and the UK Atomic Energy Authority to develop fusion-grade Silicon Carbide Ceramic Matrix Composites

    The NCC is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) on the HASTE-F programme, sharing knowledge and expertise in the application of Silicon Carbide Ceramic Matrix Composites (SiC/SiC) in future fusion power reactors.
  • JEC World Paris 2023

    The National Composites Centre, and the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, exhibited at JEC World 2023, the leading international composites show. Learn more about our announcements here.


  • NCC, Bristol
    Read more about Composites UK Digitalisation Showcase

    Composites UK Digitalisation Showcase

    06 Jun 2023
    Taking place at the National Composites Centre, 6th June, Composites UK will be holding a Digitalisation Sector Showcase. Jonathan Butt, Chief Engineer, Digital Engineering, National Composites Centre, will be presenting.
  • NEC Birmingham
    Read more about Smart Factory Expo 2023

    Smart Factory Expo 2023

    07 - 08 Jun 2023
    Join the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the NCC at the Smart Factory Expo, where we will be showcasing a demonstrator on ‘The use of connected design toolchains to optimise manufacturing for new product introduction.’ Amit Visrolia, Chief Engineer of Digital Engineering will present at 1.30pm on 8 June. The event is taking place from 7 – 8 June at NEC Birmingham.
  • TEC Belfast
    Read more about 2023 Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo

    2023 Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo

    22 Jun 2023
    Meet the NCC’s Regional Development team, Joseph Reffitt and Patrick Groves, alongside the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, at a conference aimed to showcase innovative organisational and process improvement approaches and to disseminate the cutting-edge research that underpins them.


  • 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 Composite Mould Tool Production

    Introduction to Composite Mould Tool Production

    This is a highly practical course, which will teach you cost-effective ways of producing your own moulding from scratch. You'll gain the knowledge you need to produce quality parts and learn how to avoid common errors.

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