International Composites Summit

Reinventing the global supply chain to enable a sustainable future

21 September 2022

The International Composites Summit is the UK's only exhibition focused solely on the global composites market. Taking place at the ILEC Conference Centre in London on 21-22 September, the event brings together leading industry professionals to address the worldwide opportunities for sales and growth within the composites sector, needed to help our journey to net zero. 

Come and see us at Stand C2, which we're hosting, with our fellow High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and WMG. We will be presenting throughout the Summit:

  • Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Policy, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, will be speaking about navigating today's political backdrop for composites (Day 1, 11:05-11:20, ICS Forum)
  • Dr. Enrique Garcia, Chief Technology Officer, will be presenting on new technology opportunities for the UK composites sector (Day 1, 14:15-14:25) and as part of the panel discussing the UK composites industry. Enrique is also chairing a session on Project OASIS, an open innovation test bed for scale up on innovative smart lightweight composite materials and components (16:00-17:30, Main Hall). He is also presenting on composites and the hydrogen economy (Day 2, 15:00, Forum)
  • Dr. Tim Young, Head of Sustainability, is chairing the conference session 'The Race-to-Zero: Reducing Emissions through Composites' (Day 2, 14:00-15:00, Forum) and leading a panel on reducing emissions through composites (14:35-14:50). He will also be presenting alongside B&M Longworth and Cygnet Texkimp on our work to reclaim, unwind and rewind composite pressure vessels as part of the conference session on 'Composites in green energy: the supply chain opportunity' (Day 2, 15:25-15:45, Forum) followed by a panel session.
  • Tom Andrews, Advanced Technology Project Lead, is presenting on our work to accelerate sustainable materials and technology for wind turbine blades as part of 'The Race-to-Zero' session (Day 2, 14:15-14:25)

National Composites Centre manufactures Ceramic Matrix Composites using Automated Fibre Placement in European first

NCC engineers have completed a European first by manufacturing Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) using Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) technology, paving the way for the high-temperature capabilities of these materials to be unlocked within engines – making them more efficient and reducing CO₂ emissions.

The project – completed as part of the NCC’s Core Research programme, and supported by Rolls-Royce, Reaction Engines, MBDA and 3M – has demonstrated that a novel oxide-based ceramic tow-preg material from 3M can be used in automated deposition.


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Composites enable our everyday lives – in transport, energy, healthcare, defence, communications and leisure. Their unique properties help us to design and make better products with less waste that last longer, helping us to address urgent societal challenges, such as sustainability and net-zero. We are the world-leading innovation centre for composites.

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