NCC News




Friday, September 7, 2018 - 12:33

This week Richard Oldfield joins the team at The National Composites Centre, in Bristol.

Richard is no stranger to The National Composites Centre, having been one of its founding steering board members, he says:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 13:22

At the end of July 2018 we said a sad goodbye to Peter Chivers our inspiring CEO who retired after 8 years of service to the NCC. Peter was a key influence in the development of the Centre and successfully established the NCC as a world leader in research and development for composite manufacturing.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 14:55

This month, the NCC is delighted to announce our newest Tier 2 Member, SHD Composites.

SHD Composite Materials are leaders in Advanced Composite Prepreg Materials who offer a wide range of tooling and component prepreg materials

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 11:34

The NCC has been working in collaboration with The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) to demonstrate how integration of predictive machine learning can drive improvements and minimise variability within composites manufacturing processes. The collaborative project, Computer Learning in Automated Manufacturing Processes, (CLAMPS) has resulted in a physical demonstrator, which automatically adjusts the manufacturing process parameters to ensure consistently high-quality parts.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 11:23

NCC has been working with The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to research integrating lightweight circuitry and embed strain sensors within composites materials. Strain sensors, printed on a flat, flexible polymeric film, can be embedded or integrated into an advanced composites structure to demonstrate real-time structural health monitoring via PC display interfaces and wireless communication devices. The sensors produce data which can be used to hep measure stress and carry out life assessments of the composites infrastructure.

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 16:44

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has been praised by West of England (WoE) Metro-Mayor as a regional and national strategic asset. In a recent visit Mayor Tim Bowles commended the NCC for cultivating local composites expertise for the benefit of the UK. Recently elected WoE Mayor Tim Bowles visited the NCC for a briefing from the NCC team and to meet with key industrial partners. The NCC Chief Executive and NCC Tier 1 Members showcased research and technology development projects, as well as outlining NCC successes and trajectory against the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Monday, July 3, 2017 - 10:49

The NCC are proud to celebrate the success of one of our outstanding engineers Mattia di Francesco who was awarded the ‘Best Young Aerospace Entrant Award’ at the prestigious WEAF Aerospace Ambassador Awards on 21st June 2017.

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 16:07

The NCC was pleased to attend the launch of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVM Catapult) annual review at the Houses of Parliament. NCC Chief Operating Officer Andrew Hopcraft, Chris Young Automotive & Core Research Programme TPM and Ashley Parkinson Manufacturing Technician met with a broad range of parliamentarians from across the political spectrum. Lord Prior provided a stimulating keynote speech on about the importance of the catapults centres and manufacturing in the UK general.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:45

The National Composite Centre (NCC) will be co-sponsoring the 2017 UK Industry Awards. The Awards encourage Companies in the UK Composites supply chain to enter themselves into the annual Industry Awards hosted by Composited UK.

Applications are sought in the following categories:

Innovation in manufacturing.

Innovation in materials.

Innovation in composites design.

Health and safety award.

Environmental initiative/Sustainability award.

Employer of the year.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 15:27

At the National Composites Centre we are extremely proud of helping to develop an innovative new Sit-ski with High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. Technology experts from the seven HVM Catapult centres have used their range of technology capabilities to demonstrate how current and emerging manufacturing technologies in areas such as sensors, composite materials, 3D printing and virtual reality design techniques can be applied to achieve success in a new – and possibly unexpected – application.


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