NCC and the HVM Catapult gives boost to International Trade

The National Composites Centre (NCC) was pleased to host the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Mark Garnier. Mr Garnier who is MP for Wyre Forest, has responsibility for high value export and investment campaigns visited with Tom Fourcade, Director Export and Investments (South) were shown how the NCC and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) are enabling inward investment and supporting UK companies to export. The visitors were given an overview of the composites opportunities, and predicted market growth, between now and 2030. The meeting had a particular focus on the aerospace sector and its critical role to the manufacturing health of the UK, including future opportunity discussions with NCC Member companies GE Dowty, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.


Alison Starr, NCC Executive Director Strategy & Business said, “It’s great that the Department of International Trade recognises that the UK is a powerhouse for advanced engineering and that some of the most progressive composites technology and manufacturing development is happening at the NCC. We welcome the opportunity to work with DIT to support UK manufacturers exploit new export opportunities and seek additional inward investment.” 

She continued, “It’s not just the technology development that is critical, we need to ensure that we develop the people required to secure the manufacturing and supply chain in the UK. Undertaking the process and product technology development here in the NCC helps ensure this remains in the UK.”

The Minister also met with the University of Bristol to understand their key position as a world-leader in underpinning composites research, and how together with the NCC support the progression from concept to commercialisation can be supported. 

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