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

  • 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.
  • Space West - May Newsletter

    Welcome to the May 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.
  • “Ground-breaking moment for science, innovation and technology” as UK’s most powerful supercomputer is officially online and debuts in global league

    The UK’S fastest and most powerful supercomputer, located at the University of Bristol, is now officially online, with pioneering technology helping to make the UK a world leader in artificial intelligence.


  • Aberdeen
    Read more about Frontiers of solid mechanics for energy transition

    Frontiers of solid mechanics for energy transition

    01 - 05 Jul 2024
    Dr. Peter Giddings, Chief Engineer for Energy at the National Composites Centre, will be presenting at Frontiers of solid mechanics for the energy transition, held by the International Union for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM).
  • Nantes, France
    Read more about 21st European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM21)

    21st European Conference on Composite Materials (ECCM21)

    02 - 05 Jul 2024
    NCC experts presenting include Monali Dahale, discussing the “Influence of textile architecture on the drape, impact, and damage tolerance performance of 3D woven glass fibre composites"; as well as Susie Morton and Hannah Swinbourne sharing more on “High-rate, Circular Composites for Automotive Applications.”
  • Staffordshire
    Read more about UK Ceramic Matrix Composites Working Group

    UK Ceramic Matrix Composites Working Group

    09 Jul 2024
    The UK Ceramic Matrix Composites Working Group will be taking place 9th July, hosted by our strategic partner Lucideon, in Stone, Staffordshire. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


  • 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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