Our state-of-the-art facility

World-leading advanced technologies

At the heart of the National Composites Centre is a 25,500 sqm manufacturing facility with a wide range of technologies that are accessible to industry for the development of next generation products.

The vast workshop space is reconfigurable to suit project needs and provides our customers with a safe and secure way of working with some of the latest and greatest equipment and materials the industry has to offer.

Our facility is: ​

  • Secure: Customer IP and data is protected by dedicated controlled “big white boxes” that house our project areas and equipment. Entry to the workshop and our range of secure workspaces are access card controlled - and everything from the temperature and humidity in the cell, to the process data and light levels, can be recorded and adjusted.
  • Flexible: Workshop space and labs are reconfigurable to suit project needs so that we can be building a 20m long aircraft wing in parallel to a 30 gram drone chassis.
  • Complementary: The selection of equipment and staff skills we have here at the NCC enables us to offer full lifecycle solutions. Not only can we design, analyse and manufacture a product, but we can carry out lab testing, non-destructive testing and end-of-life or through-life assessments.
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  • Read more about Braiding and Winding

    Braiding and Winding

    Our twin-ring braider can create components that are hollow and straight or complex cross sections with curved profiles. Our tape winder and filament winder machines can create anything from high-strength pipes to high pressure type 4 hydrogen tanks.

  • Read more about Fibre Placement

    Fibre Placement

    The NCC is the best equipped research centre for automated fibre placement (AFP), tensioned fibre placement (TFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) in the world.

  • Read more about High Volume Manufacturing

    High Volume Manufacturing

    Our dedicated high value manufacturing workshop is equipped with an automated preforming cell, which feeds an overmoulder and a range of presses capable of producing complex and repeatable parts with very fast composites cycle times (sub-5 minutes).

  • Read more about Ultra High Rate Deposition

    Ultra High Rate Deposition

    The NCC’s Ultra High Rate Deposition cell contains two huge industrial robots that automate the production process for future large scale, high rate composite products such as wings and turbine blades.

  • Read more about Ceramic Matrix Composites

    Ceramic Matrix Composites

    Our bespoke ceramic matrix composite (CMC) development facility includes material storage and processing equipment specifically for CMC applications.

  • Read more about Resin Impregnation

    Resin Impregnation

    Resin infusion has the potential to lower manufacturing costs compared to the current prepreg and autoclave solutions. At the NCC we have both High Temperature Resin Transfer Moulding and Large Scale Resin Infusion technology capabilities.

  • composites engineering Read more about Verification and Assurance

    Verification and Assurance

    We have a large-scale verification cell with twin agile inspection robots to enable fast geometric measurement and non-destructive testing (NDT). Combined with our materials science capabilities and laboratory space, we are able to provide confidence that a product will perform as intended.

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Strengthening your innovation

Our team of specialist composites engineers have extensive industrial experience from across a range of sectors. We work as part of your team to boost your innovation capabilities for long-term programmes or rapid turnaround projects.

We can connect you with the right partners, business support and HVM Catapult expertise you need to solve your challenge.

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