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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  • National Composites Centre wild water champion spearheads project for UK’s first sustainable kayak

    A UK-first wild water kayak, made from sustainable composite materials, has been designed and manufactured by a team of 19 graduates, apprentices, and year in industry students from the National Composites Centre (NCC).
  • Net Zero Week 2022

    We're celebrating Net Zero Week™ 2022 and the critical role that composites play in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2030. From lightweighting vehicles and aircraft to reduce emissions, adding strength and flexibility to super-turbine blade design, to increasing product lifespans by decades through corrosion resistance and durability. Sustainability is central to everything we do at the National Composites Centre.
  • Metro Mayor meets the people behind the West of England’s green tech

    Metro Mayor Dan Norris met the bright young minds behind some of the West of England’s leading green tech initiatives, including NCC graduate Ana-Maria Badilita, who demonstrated our digitally engineered leak-proof hydrogen storage container.
  • National Composites Centre supports marine industry in bid to tackle composites recycling challenge

    The NCC is supporting a new consortium that has been formed to address the growing challenge of decarbonisation and recycling of composite materials in the marine industry and beyond, with a long-term aim of creating the UK’s first glass fibre composites recycling and re-use facility of its kind.
  • NCC welcomes Blueshift as SME Affiliate Member

    The National Composites Centre (NCC) has welcomed materials experts Blueshift as an SME Affiliate Member.


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    Read more about Workforce for the Future: SME Event

    Workforce for the Future: SME Event

    12 Jul 2022
    Join us for an interactive conference to hear and learn from your peers and industry experts about the fully funded professional support on offer for your workforce planning, training and recruitment needs. The NCC will be there, providing information on its Digital Learning Factories programmes.


  • 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.

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