Our History

Key moments in the history of the National Composites Centre

  1. 'Composites Strategy' announces NCC

    01 November 2009
    The UK Government publishes its Composites Strategy announcing a £16m investment into a new National Composites Centre to be based in the South West to co-ordinate and build upon the UK's capabilities.
  2. NCC at Bristol & Bath Science Park

    01 March 2010
    The Bristol and Bath Science park is announced as the site for the new National Composites Centre
  3. Founding Members of NCC

    24 June 2010
    Airbus, AgustaWestland, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and Vestas become the five founding members of the National Composites Centre.
  4. NCC facility completed

    01 June 2011
    The National Composites Centre facility is completed
  5. NCC Opens

    24 November 2011
    The NCC is formally opened by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  6. NCC joins HVM Catapult network

    01 July 2013
    The NCC becomes part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
  7. UK Composites Strategy 2016 published

    01 May 2016
    Composites Leadership Forum publishes The UK Composites Strategy 2016, setting out the vision for delivering UK economic growth through the multi-sector application of composites and reinforcing the NCC's role in providing the infrastructure and resources to support R&D.
  8. Richard Oldfield appointed CEO

    01 September 2018
    Richard Oldfield is appointed as the new CEO of the National Composites Centre
  9. NCC Filton opens

    26 November 2018
    Official opening of new NCC satellite site based in Filton.
  10. Largest ever UK investment in composites - £36.7m into NCC

    10 December 2018
    The NCC announces the largest ever UK Government R&D investment (£36.7m) in 10 new cutting-edge digital manufacturing technologies for composites to make the UK a composites world leader.
  11. Launch of NCC Connect

    12 March 2019
    The NCC launches NCC Connect, a new business unit dedicated to supporting the unique needs of small to medium-sized enterprises, helping them to access composites technology and specialist engineers.

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email info@nccuk.com. We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.