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Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:54

UK Composites Supply Chain Programme Workshop - 2nd March 2011, London Opportunities for Composites Business in the UK Composites Supply Chain Talks will cover opportunities and future OEM requirements in: Aerospace Defense Marine Automotive Oil and Gas Renewable Energy Confirmed speakers: Airbus AgustaWestland BAE Systems Awaiting confirmation of other OEM Speakers. There will be "Meet the Buyer" sessions where OEMs will be making contacts with the companies wishing to enter into the composites supply chain. As well as this, there will be talks about the UK Composites Strategy and how companies can be supported in skills, technology and exporting. Agenda is…

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:47

Work is progressing well on the construction of the National Composite Centre at Emersons Green, SPark in Bristol. All the technical needs are being incorporated into the building work, such as the deep pit for the siting of the 10 metre by 3 metre autoclave, weighing 85 tonnes. The construction work is on track to be completed by mid April, even though it has been hampered by the severe weather conditions.

Much of the cladding and roofing is in place. The building contractor, Kier Weston, is working hard to progress all aspects of the building, despite some recent difficulties laying concrete, which needs to be carried out in warmer weather than that experienced recently! The next big milestones are drains and the foundations for the car park. And we will also be completing the work on the ground floor, with fire protection for steel and other infrastructure.

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:30

Planning permission for the National Composite Centre (NCC) granted on 30th June 2010.

South Gloucester Council has given the green light for work to start on the new building at the Emerson’s Green, Bristol.

The state-of-the-art Building dedicated to enhancing the UK’s composite capabilities opens in summer 2011 at Spark, the Bath and Bristol Science Park.

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:28

The NCC will be holding a meeting for Construction Industry bodies on 29th April at The University of Bristol.

The meeting follows interest expressed by representatives from the sector at the successful launch meeting, and aims to identify opportunities for engagement of companies with the NCC, and vice-versa.

If you would like to join in please contact us at

Friday, March 25, 2011 - 10:01

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills visited the NCC on Friday 25 March. Dr Cable had a session with the NCC's steering board in which the challenges and opportunities facing the centre were discussed.

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 09:56

The UK Composites Supply Chain Programme Workshop takes place this Wednesday at the Institute of Materials, in London.

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 09:55

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has announced today (Monday 31 January 2011) its purchase of a multi-million pound Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) machine, the first of its kind in the country.

The machine cost over £2½m and was paid for with a grant from the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) through GKN Aerospace as part of the Next Generation Composite Wing research programme, and a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 09:29

Come and find out more about us at The Composites Engineering Show 29th – 30th September 2010, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

Peter Chivers, the Executive Director of the NCC, will be speaking about the National Composites Centre, and what the NCC means for the UK composites sector, at 3:35pm on Wednesday 29th September in Pavillion 2's Auditorium.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:32

Under Secretary of State from Business, Innovation and Skills, Edward Davey today confirmed the Government's support for the National Composites Centre in a Written Answer and Statement. Answering a question from Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, Mr Davey wrote: "The Government fully support the building of the National Composites Centre (NCC).

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 10:31

Work has begun on building a new world-class facility in Bristol that will bring together leading industry experts and academics in the growing area of composites research and manufacture.


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