NCC Braider

The NCC has the only two ring braider in the UK.  Comprising 288 and 192 spools, our braider is more than twice as flexible as a single ring braider.  The two rings and a 10m long gantry enables us to braid complex circular, rectangular and convex sections, in the widest possible range from 50mm to 800mm equivalent diameter.  The NCC braider is also capable of a very high deposition rate - up to 50 kg/h.


The braider can create hollow straight parts such as tubes and tanks or complex cross sections with curved profiles such as ducts, cones and horns.


  • Direct tow-to-preform deposition
  • Near net-shape preforming
  • High rate production
  • High quality and repeatability
  • Low material waste
  • Low capital investment
  • Post-braiding shaping is possible (stiffeners, bulkheads etc.)

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

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