The automation team at the NCC look after all aspects of automating composite manufacturing processes. Technologies used and improved range from mature technologies such as Automated Fibre Placement through to the development of new technologies such Automated Preforming.

A team of technicians and research engineers develop bespoke solutions tailored to meet the precise requirements of clients, whether this is a mechanical automated solution or an optimised process based upon material development.

How we can help

  • Read more about Automated Deposition

    Automated Deposition

    A wide range of innovative deposition technologies available to customers to ensure the correct fibre deposition technology can be proven prior to installation at their site.

  • Read more about High Volume Manufacture

    High Volume Manufacture

    For customers requiring rapid part manufacture, the NCC provides a variety of presses and ancillaries to enable the development of optimal processing of medium to large parts in thermoplastic and snap cure thermosets.

  • Read more about 3D Textiles

    3D Textiles

    Preform integration, through-thickness reinforcement and multiaxial fabrics provide flexible solutions for design and assembly.  Access to advanced textile capability and knowledge.

  • Read more about Mechatronic Systems

    Mechatronic Systems

    Design and development of bespoke systems to ensure the process requirements needed to develop complex integrated automation of composite manufacture.

  • Read more about Computer Aided Manufacture

    Computer Aided Manufacture

    Off line programming of machine motion and material deposition.  Simulation of cutting, deposition, robot movement to ensure quality and clash prevention.

  • Read more about Instrumentation and Control

    Instrumentation and Control

    Automation of composite component manufacture.  Kuka robotic arm, automated manipulation and inspection hardware. Industry 4.0 principles. Sensors for continual adaptive manufacture, and waste minimisation.

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COVID-19 update - Easter shutdown and new working pattern

The NCC is taking a break for the Easter holidays and will be completely shutdown from Good Friday (10th April), returning on Monday 20th April.

From 20th April, all NCC staff will work a 4-day week, from Mondays to Thursdays. We will be completely shut on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We will also re-open our workshop to support customer work and the national ventilator and recovery efforts, following a message from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to the UK manufacturing sector. We will have a phased return to the workshop for some of our manufacturing team, observing special measures for social distancing. 

The majority of our staff will continue to work from home. You can get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.