Composites UK Annual Conference 2017 - Growing the UK Supply Chain

10 May 2017, 09:30 to 17:00
International Digital Laboratory - Warwick Manufacturing Group

On Wednesday 10th May, the NCC will be exhibiting at the Composites UK Annual Conference.

The Composites UK Annual Conference is a must-attend event for companies wanting to keep up-to-speed with strategic thinking, learn of forthcoming opportunities for business development and hear about new developments in technology, processes and materials. There is a current focus on growing sectors such as automotive, and emerging sectors such as construction and energy, where the need for affordable composite solutions is paramount. Opportunities for glass fibre and carbon fibre based composites will be shared, helping companies plan for potential future demand – based on cost alone, glass fibre will have a significant role in these sectors.

Developing the workforce will be critical in enabling the UK industry to meet growing demand so with presentations from companies involved with the new apprenticeship scheme, delegates will learn why and how they can benefit from getting involved.

The 2017 conference will also engage the audience in developing a composites sector deal as part of the governments industrial strategy, thus helping to secure the future of the UK composites industry. How this links with the UK composites strategy launched at the 2016 conference will also be explained.

Who should attend

Companies involved in the UK composites sector that want to take advantage of the opportunities in the growing and emerging sectors, as well as sectors where application of composite materials needs to be maintained.


09:30     Registration and coffee

10:00     Welcome and Introduction

Composites UK

Securing the future of the UK Composites Industry

10:15     Delivering the UK Composites Strategy
Alex Aucken, Solvay and CLF Chair

10.35     The UK Industrial Strategy – Developing a Composites Sector Deal
Faye Smith, Avalon Consultancy Services Ltd

10:45     Modernising standards to support innovation
Graham Sims, NPL and CLF Regulations Codes and Standards Working Group Chair

10:55    Panel session

11:05     Coffee

Delivering, developing and diversifying the UK supply chain

11:35     Current and Future Use of Composites at Airbus
David Phipps, Airbus

11:50     Affordable composites for automotive
Henry Sarel-Cooke, GKN Land Systems

12:05     Large, low volume composite structures
James Henderson, Atkins

12:20     Cross sector sustainability challenges
Stella Job, Composites UK and Chair of CLF Sustainability Group

12:35    Emerging trends in composites and where standards fit in
Takiyah Williams/ Katerina Busuttil, BSI

12:50     Panel discussion

13:00     Lunch + Tour of WMG (limited places)

Achieving success across the sector through skills development

14:00    Invest in your workforce and reap the rewards
Ben Wilson, MPM Ltd

14:15    Composite Technician Apprenticeship – why you need to get involved
Lucas Morgan, Meggitt Polymers & Composites

14:25    How the apprenticeship will benefit SMEs
Michael Roberts, Safran

14:35    Working together to get what you need
Gary Burr, AIM Composites and Kevin Doherty, Codem Composites

14:45    Tea

Leading the way in composites manufacturing

15:15     The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub – supporting innovation
Andrew Long, University of Nottingham

15:30     The next generation of Robotised Composites Manufacture
Roger Onions, GTMA

15:45    An alternative to autoclave curing of composites
Cáthal Wilson, Ceramicx

16:00    High-volume lightweight technologies for vehicle structures
Kevin Lindsey, Far-UK

16:15    Surface preparation of composites in volume manufacture
Jon-Paul Griffiths, Oxford Advanced Surfaces

16:30     Close

16:40 –  17:30 Annual General Meeting
Members only followed by a drinks reception

If you'd like to arrange a meeting with any of the NCC staff, please contact


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