NCC at EEF Manufacturing Awards National Gala Dinner
On Tuesday 31st January 2017, Graham Harrison, Head of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, attended the EEF Manufacturing Awards National Gala DInner.
The EEF is the trade body which represents the interests of the manufacturing sector and the awards evening is an apportunity to celebrate the very best of British business, with awards for individuals and companies which had won their regional heats.
As well as a number of awards for some inspirational apprentices, there were awards for exporters, health and safety and environmental excellence amongst others. The HVM Catapult sponsored the prestigious Innovation prize won by HydroGarden Wholesale Supplies Ltd. The award was presented by (Henriette Lyttle - Marketing and Comms Director of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult) who spoke about the importance of innovation and how the Catapult centres can help companies of all sizes and from all sectors develop better products more quickly.
A special mention goes to Advanced Insulation, a Gloucester- and Plymouth-based manufacturer of high performance insulation for sub sea applications, who won three awards including export (over 80%) and overall winner.
NCC staff invited to attend SAMPE Europe Conference 16, Student Symposium
(Top row left to right): James T Johnson (SAMPE, Sinclair College), Mattia Di Francesco (NCC, University of Bristol), Hortense Le Ferrand (ETH Zurich), Scott Beckwith (SAMPE, BTG Composites), Paul Waldenstrom (NCC, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Swerea SICOMP), Erik Kramer (TPRC, University of Twente), Ilaria Poggetti (Universita Politecnica delle Marche), Philippe Briant (SAMPE, Airbus Safran Launchers), Adrie Kwakernaak (SAMPE, TU Delft).
(Lower row left to right): Quoc Nghi Nguyen (KU Leuven), Bastien Rivieres (Institut de Chimie Moleculaire de Reims, Airbus Safran Launchers), Ganesh Raghunath (University of Maryland), Gianmaria Bullegas (Imperial College), Gideon Simenou Jambong (Universite de Nantes), Albert Soto Masip (AMADE, University of Girona), Sarianna Palola (Tampere University of Technology)
The NCC was delighted to attend the SAMPE Europe Conference 16 in Liege, Belgium on Monday 12th – Thursday 15th September 2016. Two of our engineers, Mattia Di Francesco, EngD student, and Paul Waldenstrom, Graduate Research Engineer, were invited by SAMPE Europe to present their work with a technical presentation at the Student Symposium and a poster at the main conference.
Mattia Di Francesco presented his work on high speed layup of thermoplastic preforms, which is a part of his EngD degree with the University of Bristol, and Paul Waldenstrom presented his work on experimental crushing of composite NCF coupons, previously presented at the 27th Annual International SICOMP Conference for his MSc degree from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology. Click here to read more about Pauls presentation at 27th Annual International SICOMP Conference.
Above: Mattia Di Francesco, EngD Student at the NCC, presenting his work on high speed layup of thermoplastic preforms at the Student Symposium
The Student Symposium consisted of two days of interesting presentations from students representing companies and universities from all across Europe and the US. It also included a visit to the local space research centre, Centre spatial de Liège. The main conference offered interesting presentations, table top displays, company visits and poster sessions, showcasing the latest developments in advanced materials and process development.
The Student Symposium and Conference provided a great networking opportunity across industry and academia and was a useful insight into the latest developments in composite manufacture. The NCC was proud to have two members of staff selected to attend the Student Symposium, providing a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work being undertaken.
Winners and Runners up of the Images of Composite Research Competition!
The NCC are delighted to announce the winners and runners up of the Images of Composite Research Programme competition.
Best Technical Image
Composite Artificial Muscle
Michael Dicker, University of Bristol
Colourful "Black Aluminium"
Meisam Jalalvand, Wei-Ting Wang, Eric Kim, University of Bristol
Laura Veldenz, National Composites Centre
Best Image from the National Composites Centre
Damage limitation with through-thickness reinforcement
Steve Green, National Composites Centre
Chris Payne, National Composites Centre
Micrograph of composite containing UV dye
Sophie Myers, National Composites Centre
Best Image from the University of Bristol
Inside a tufted composite: glass-fibre tuft in carbon-epoxy laminate
Camilla Osmiani, University of Bristol
Trabecular Architecture of the Innominate Bone
Behjat Ansari, University of Bristol
Tensile Test Specimen.
Tom Hounsell, University of Bristol
Best Image Demonstrating Collaboration
Completed thermoplastic AFP trials
Matt Scott, National Composites Centre
Robots at Work.
Michael Elkington, University of Bristol
The Way Forward.
Benjamin Woods, University of Bristol
Computed Tomography X-ray scan of USB Memory Stick Circuit Board
Richard Van Gelder, National Composites Centre
Metal swarf from tool manufacture
Matt Kay, National Composites Centre
Check out all of the entries on our Flickr page here.
Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Spoke Launch
On Wednesday 16th June, Andrew Patterson (Engineering Capability Lead for Concept Design) attended the launch event for automotive OEMs, suppliers and collaborative research partners at the Digital Engineering and Test Centre in London (DETC).
The DETC is described as “a unique joint industry / academic centre of excellence hosted by HSSMI Ltd and located within the Loughborough University London Campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London." The centre "will develop and use virtual engineering tools and techniques to accelerate the development, test and manufacture of automotive propulsion systems.”
The day introduced exciting opportunities in developing solutions to automotive design & manufacturing challenges using digital engineering, gaming, big-data, and high-power computing. The event brought together the Digital London sector with the UK automotive manufacturers and powertrain engineers to begin unlocking the enormous potential for collaborative developments.
The day covered:
- An introduction to automotive and the funding landscape for non-automotive companies
- An introduction to the Digital Engineering & Test Centre
- Dissemination of the roadmap reports for Digital Engineering and Gaming Technologies in Automotive
- The state-of-the-art in DE and Gaming Technology in automotive
- The exciting trends and opportunities in Industry 4.0
- An opportunity for the NCC to pitch to delegates, making new connections, and starting new collaborations
- A chance for the NCC to showcase the technology to the delegates
The NCC had a stand at the event and attended the presentations and seminars. Presentation slides can be found here.
General information about the DETC: http://www.detc.uk/about-us/
Link to the roadmaps, as per the overview presentation by Andy Scarisbrick: http://www.detc.uk/projects/
Video of the McLaren and Epic Games collaboration on the 570S configurator tool can be seen here (recorded at a different event).
Above: McLaren Formula 1 Car and 570S
Above: McLaren 570S Interior
Above: Ford Mustand and McLaren 570S
Above: Ford Mustang
For more information about the NCC and the automotive sector, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATEP Showcase at the NCC
The NCC was pleased to host the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) Showcase 2016. NATEP is a national programme under which aerospace supply chain companies are developing more than 100 new technologies for the UK and global aerospace industry.
This free event celebrated the success of the companies participating in NATEP and their new technologies. It provides a forum for aerospace supply chain companies that are working on one of the 100+ NATEP projects to present some of their new ideas to the wider world in a supportive environment that includes potential customers, other NATEP companies and other aerospace industry stakeholders. There were a series of formal presentations and NATEP project companies had stands offering attendees the chance to talk to the exhibiting companies about the opportunities their new technologies can offer.
Above: Jeff Taylor, NATEP Programme Director, presenting at the NATEP Showcase.
Above: Eric Bray (NATEP) and others at the event.
Above: Jeremy Woffendin of Heraeus (NCC Tier 2 Member) presenting at the NATEP Showcase event.
Above: Simon Young, WEAF Chief Executive welcomes attendees at the NATEP Showcase event.
Above: NATEP Showcase.
Above: INSPHERE at the NATEP Showcase event.
NCC at BAE Systems Inspiring Future Innovation
On Tuesday 24th May, as a leading innovative organisation in the South of England, the NCC was invited to contribute to an inaugural event at BAE Systems site in Christchurch, Dorset. Tom Hitchings, Head of SME and Membership, and Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, exhibited and presented at the event, providing a 30-minute presentation on the NCC and the opportunities offered to innovators to use the capabilities of the centre.
The event provided a unique opportunity to discover new technologies, as well as developing new relations with other innovative companies within the supply chain. With over 150 attendees and 35 companies exhibiting, the event was a great chance to network with composite manufacturers and find out the latest technologies and manufacturing processes in industry.
The NCC was delighted to support one of our Tier 2 Member events and looks forward to the opportunities and collaborations this event will bring.
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announces HM Treasury analysis at the NCC
Above, left to right: Liz Truss, George Osborne , Amber Rudd and Stephen Crabb presenting HM Treasury analysis at the NCC.
The NCC was delighted to host a visit from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who announced the HM Treasury Analysis outlining the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives. The Chancellor George Osborne, presented the report to invited guests from businesses and NCC staff. He was joined by Amber Rudd Secretary of State for Department of Energy and Climate Change, Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, and Liz Truss Secretary of State for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Click here to access the full Treasury document.
NCC at the H2020 Anglo-Dutch Brokerage Event
The NCC attended a major Horizon 2020 brokerage event in Den Hague on 23rd March, aimed at helping organisations find suitable partners for bids into this 7- year, 80 billion Euro programme. This was organised by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Innovate UK, in cooperation with UK Enterprise Europe Network, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the UK Department of Business Innovation & Skills (UKTI).
With the recent publication of the NMBP 2016-2017 work program, this event focused on the Nanotechnologies & Advanced Materials (N&M) element of Horizon 2020 funding calls and looked to bring companies and research organizations from the UK and the Netherlands together to create long term collaborations. The UK and the Netherlands are both highly successful in the N&M calls. Nonetheless, the number of projects involving companies from both countries is limited. This event not only makes it easier for companies and research organisations from both countries to find the right partner, however it also creates a synergy that will result into even higher success rates. These collaborations will greatly benefit both countries, with the UK and the Netherlands sharing an innovative culture with both seeking to find the best technical and socially smart solutions possible.
The event was success, with the NCC holding 8 meetings with organisations from material suppliers, technology providers to large RTOs.
ITRE Committee visits the NCC
The ITRE (Industry and Research) Committee of the European Parliament visited the NCC on 18th March. The ITRE is made up of key MEPs from across Europe. The Committee was in the South West visiting key companies and organisations to understand the benefits and value derived from EU funding to industry and the role of institutions such as the NCC.
The visit was co-ordinated by Airbus & Rolls-Royce, and during the visit they showcased work such as the Roll-Royce CTi Blade and the GKN and Airbus Ground Based Demonstrator project.
The NCC was delighted to host this visit and hope the ITRE learnt more about the innovative work conducted at the centre.
NCC hosts Japanese delegation visit with JETRO (The Japanese external trade organisation)
On 18th March 2016, the NCC hosted a visit from a delegation of Japanese academics and JETRO (the Japanese external trade organisation) as part of a week-long Aerospace workshop, funded by the British Council in Japan 'RENKEI' researcher network. Delegates had the opportunity to tour our state-of-the-art facilities and find out more about UK composites activities in the aerospace and automotive sectors.
NCC at JEC World 2016
On 8th- 10th March, the NCC attended JEC World 2016, co-hosting the UK Pavilion with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Composites UK to promote the UK as a driving force in innovation for fibre-reinforced composite materials. The UK Pavilion showcased 14 of the UK’s innovative and growing composites companies, including Electroimpact, Tatham, Bindatex, Aro PR and Marketing, Kadant, CompoSIDE Ltd, Autoclave and Industrial Controls Ltd, Freeform Technology, Broadwater Mouldings Ltd, Creative Composites, R-Tech Services, Oxford Advanced Surfaces, Biscor Ltd and Prea Ltd.
Above: The UK Pavilion at JEC World 2016
Above: The UK Pavilion Team
Above: Aro PR at the UK Pavilion
Above: Nigel Clifford from AIC at the UK Pavilion
The show was a great opportunity to develop new and existing relationships and partnerships and showcase the UK’s vibrant technology market. We look forward to attending next year to further demonstrate the NCC capabilities and latest advancements in the ever-growing composites industry!
NCC at UKTI Trade Mission to Japan
From February 22nd to 28th 2016, Paul Gallen, Automotive Sector Lead at the NCC, supported a UKTI Trade Mission to Japan. This visit provided excellent networking opportunities with the Japanese Automotive market, with key highlights including visits to Auto OEM's and Tier 1 suppliers with potential to support the UK's Affordable Composites agenda.
Paul presented at an automotive seminar to 100 Japanese industrialists at British Embassy in Tokyo and toured the facilities of the Innovative Composites Centre in Kanazawa and the Japanese National Composites Centre in Nagoya.
This visit was a great opportunity for the NCC to enhance its presence with the Japanese Automotive Industry and Research Institutions involved in Composites R&D. We hope these strengthened relationships will encourage future collaborations with Japanese businesses operating in the UK and globally.
Shadow SoS Transport gets into gear for how the NCC is accelerating cost-competitive composites for the UK
The NCC was pleased to welcome the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport for a briefing on Accelerating Cost-Competitive Composites. Lillian Greenwood MP was accompanied by Marvin Rees Bristol Mayoral candidate and South Glos. Cllr Ian Boulton and received an in depth presentation on the potential application of composites in UK automotive and Infrastructure projects. The NCC Automotive Sector Lead Paul Gallen outlined the opportunities for the UK and the expected growth in the global market. The guests were given a tour of the centre, including seeing how highly productive manufacturing processes developed by the NCC High Volume Manufacturing Team can reduce manufacturing cycle time from hours to just a few minutes.
NCC at Intelligent Sensing Programme – Sensing in Composites Conference
The NCC was delighted to attend the Intelligent Sensing Programme – Sensing in Composites Conference run by the Knowledge Transfer Network on Wednesday 16th December 2015.
Research Engineers, Marcus Walls-Bruck and Cristian Lira, and Graduate Research Engineer, James Waldock, attended the event, hosting a stand showcasing the recent work carried out in developing and applying NCC knowledge of using in-mould sensing.
Above: The NCC stand
Additionally, conference proceedings for the day were bookended by presentations from Marcus and Cristian. Marcus started the day by providing the delegates with an overview of common ways that sensing is applied during composites manufacture, discussing potential benefits and challenges of using additional sensing to detect problems throughout the entire manufacturing process. Cristian’s presentation focussed on work carried out in developing and using the centre's in-mould monitoring capability, and how this can be combined with process simulation to develop robust manufacturing guidelines.
Other points of discussion during the conference included using woven electrical circuits to embed additional functionality into woven composites, sensing methods for Structural Health Monitoring of aircraft, and a presentation from our Tier 1 Member, Rolls-Royce, on the developing needs for sensing in their future work with composites.
The conference was a great opportunity to showcase the innovative work created at the NCC. If you'd like to find out more about how sensing in composites could bring benefit to your product manufacture, please contact email@example.com.
Infrastructure Commissioner Sir John Armitt builds support with NCC Research Engineering Graduates
The NCC was delighted to be invited to a Young Engineers event at the House of Lords on 30th November 2015. Two Graduate Research Engineers from the NCC attended the All Party Parliamentary Engineering Group lunch at which Professor the Lord Broers led the discussion on priorities in UK infrastructure, with Sir John Armitt and Russell Jackson as guest speakers.
NCC Graduate Research Engineer Nancy Bob-Manuel said, “We had a really good time and were able to enjoy the company of fellow young engineers and experienced civil engineers from various organisations such as Bosch, Atkins and Vodafone. To those that we could gain a quick conversation with, we passed on business cards to so hopefully we will be able to network and broaden industry connections.”
NCC Graduate Research Engineer Leah Rider continued, “The panel was very interesting, in particular Sir John Armitt, who covered issues on social and economic responsibilities of engineers and whose responsibility it is to develop those skills, the individual, their employer or academic leader. Unfortunately, we were not able to grab his time for very long (very busy man!!!) but we did get a quick snap. He was incredibly welcoming. We would definitely be up for going again.”
Sir John Armitt, formerly responsible for delivering the venues and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympics, has just been appointed as a Commissioner to the government's new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), having published an independent review on long-term infrastructure planning in the UK in September 2013. He was awarded the CBE in 1996 for his contribution to the rail industry and received a knighthood in 2012 for services to engineering and construction.
The other guest speaker, Russell Jackson, is a director at Atkins, running the emerging markets transportation division. He led the successful bid for Great Western Electrification and has directed projects ranging from Birmingham New Street Gateway to global design projects in Bangalore. Russell is a graduate of Birmingham University and Imperial College Business School, and leads multi-disciplinary infrastructure bids and projects for Atkins.
Anyone interested in working with the NCC to increase government awareness of the opportunities for composites in construction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCC hosts IMechE ‘Advances in Composite Materials’ Seminar
On Thursday 8th October, the NCC hosted over 30 individuals from more than 20 companies for the Institution of Mechanical Engineer’s ‘Advances in Composite Materials – Engineering Sustainability’ event.
The event was chaired by Dr Helen Meese, Head of Engineering in Society at the IMechE, and began with a presentation by keynote speaker and NCC Executive Director for Strategy and Business, Alison Starr.
Alison provided an overview of the NCC and the future direction of the composites industry and was later joined by Graduate Research Engineer, Leah Rider, whose presentation focused on the high volume manufacturing work that the NCC is undertaking with the automotive industry.
Topics throughout the day concerned life cycle modelling of composite components, end of life processing and waste management, with presentations by a number of expert speakers from the NCC, AMRC, Vestas, Jaguar Land Rover, ELG, Composites UK and the Ministry of Defence.
The event also offered delegates the opportunity to network with key individuals from industry, academia and Government to discuss and explore solutions for existing composite sustainability challenges.
The NCC donates old furniture to Bristol SOFA Project
The NCC has donated its old furniture to the Bristol SOFA Project.
The SOFA Project supports the local community and helps to divert items from landfill and unnecessary recycling by collecting unwanted furniture and electrical appliances from households and businesses. The SOFA Project team then extends the furniture's life through re-use, selling it on at affordable prices to support those in need.
The project has helped 4,500 households in need over the past year and has sold or donated over 8,000 items of domestic furniture, electrical appliances and office furniture.
The SOFA Project has an ever growing presence in the South West and is expanding further into clothing, with the grand opening of a new clothes shop last week on the 7th October.
We hope our donation helps someone in our local community and we encourage our Members and customers to get involved in this worthy project.
For more information on the Bristol SOFA project click here.
The NCC sleeps out for Byte Night 2015!
The NCC has been fundraising to support Byte Night 2015, with a variety of fundraising activities happening within the NCC. The team raised over £150 at the NCC's 4th Birthday celebrations with a NCC cake off, Human Fruit Machine, welly wanging competition and slow cycle race. On Friday 2nd October, six NCC employees participated in Byte Night's biggest annual fundraiser: the National ‘sleep-out’.
Byte Night supports some of the 80,000 young people who are homeless in the UK every year and gets hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena to give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.
The NCC team has currently raised over £1,000 in total, and they are working their way to the £3,500 target. There is still a way to go, so please visit the donation page (it’s open until December!) and give generously for this worthwhile cause.
Above: The NCC Byte Night Team
Above: Executive Director for Strategy and Business, Alison Starr (in there somewhere!).
Above: Early Careers Engineering Capability Lead, Rachel Wood, wrapped up warm.
Above: Emily Johnson (Programme Manager), Matt Hocking (Technology Programme Manager) and Alison Starr (Executive Director for Strategy and Business) tucking into a midnight snack.
Above: Head of Programmes, Katy Riddington, staying connected with other 'Byte Nighters'!
Above: Building and Operations Manager, Paul Jones Parry, in his sleeping bag cocoon.
Above: The team the morning after the night before!
Above: The mass of sleeping bags.
Opening of Flexible Composite Pipe Fatigue Test Rig at the NCC
On Friday 2nd October, the NCC held an event to mark the opening event of the Flexible Composite Pipe Fatigue Test Rig. The new capability is designed to meet the emerging needs of the oil and gas sector in deep water environments. The rig, funded by Shell, is available for use by all companies, large and small.
The event was a huge success, bringing together energy specialists from across the UK. Over 50 representatives from the oil and gas sector attended, with guest speakers from Magma; the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Innovate UK; Subsea 7; the University of Bristol and the HVM Catapult centres. These fascinating presentations highlighted the successes and vast opportunities within this sector. We firmly believe that now is the time for composites in the oil and gas sector and we are excited about the collaborations that will develop off the back of Friday's event.
Above: The speakers lined up ready to answer questions from the morning's session.
Above: Mark Turner, Head of Oil and Gas at the Department for Business, Innovation &, Skills addresses the attendees.
Above: Peter Chivers, Chief Executive of the NCC, presenting the Flexible Composite Pipe Fatigue Test Rig.
Above: Peter Chivers, Alison Starr and Katy Riddington from the NCC, Charles Tavner from Magma and Gavin Leiper from Subsea7 in front of the NCC's latest capability.
NCC celebrates 4th birthday and raises money for Byte Night 2015
Above: The NCC Cake off Winner!
On Friday 25th September we celebrated our 4th birthday at the National Composites Centre. We hosted a fun-filled event for our staff and Members based here at the NCC with a party atmosphere and various entertaining activities to raise money for charity.
The NCC cake off showcased the NCC’s top bakers, with an impressive selection of cakes from truffles to even the NCC building embodied in sponge! The NCC Executive team created a Human Fruit Machine, and NCC staff tried their hand in a welly wanging competition and slow Cycle Race. Our winners at the NCC are as follows:
• Rob Ludford who beat the Human Fruit Machine
• Paul Jones Parry who wanged the welly the furthest at 28.40m
• Jon Steele who won the slowest cycle race at 2 minutes, 3 seconds
• Emma Jane-Bignell for the best cake
All the money raised went to support our ongoing charity work with Byte Night 2015, with our Birthday Celebrations raising just over £150 in total. 6 Executive NCC employees at the NCC are fundraising to support their participation in their biggest Annual fundraiser, the National ‘sleep-out’. This charity supports some of the 80,000 young people who are homeless in the UK every year and gets hundreds of like-minded people from the technology and business arena give up their beds for one night to help change the lives of vulnerable young people.
We hope for many more birthdays to come for the NCC and to continue to encourage innovation, building the Future for Composites.
We would be most grateful for your support in this worthy cause. To donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/teams/NCCByteNight
Above: Chief Executive, Peter Chivers setting the world record for Welly Wanging!
Above: NCC Human Fruit Machine
Above: Per Saunders going for Gold!
Above: The Cake Contenders
NCC at the Fly to the Future event, MShed
(Above: Rob Robinson and Ethan Pang (Summer Interns at the NCC) manning the stand at the M Shed event.)
Established in 2011, MShed is a museum in Bristol and home to displays of 3,000 Bristol artefacts and stories, showing Bristol’s role in the slave trade and items on transport, people, and the arts.
On Thursday 13th August, the MShed hosted the Fly to the Future event.
The aim of this STEM event was to inspire the next generation of engineers and raise interest and awareness about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The NCC had a stand in one of the studios of the MShed, showing children and young adults what the world of engineering and composites is like. There was also an interactive activity where stand visitors could experiment with the concept composites, constructing the strongest bridge possible using a combination of materials. The stand demonstrated to the younger generation that using a mixture of materials can result in more desirable properties than any one single material.
Overall the day was a great success and the NCC stand proved a great interest to both the children and adults, raising much awareness about composites and the role the NCC plays in the UK manufacturing landscape.
Ed Miliband visit
The NCC hosted a visit from Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour party, this week to enable our staff and the NCC industrial Members and partners to ask any questions.
Below are a few photos from the event (more info about the Q&A session can be found here):
Above: Ed Miliband arrives at the NCC.
Above: Ed Miliband with the NCC High Volume Manufacture team.
Above: Ed Miliband takes to the stage.
Above: Ed Miliband addresses the crowd at the NCC.
Above: Ed Miliband responds to the questions of the people.
Above: Ed Miliband responds to Bonnie Dean's question about the Science Budget.
Above: Merlin Hyman of Regen SW asks Ed Miliband about renewable energy.
Above: Ed Miliband laughs with the crowd.
Above: Sachin Sree Raman, Technology Programme Lead, listens to Ed Miliband's response to his question.
Above: Ed Miliband laughs with the crowd.
Above: Ed Miliband responding to the crowd's questions.
Nagoya NCC visit
On 17th March 2015 the NCC was pleased to welcome 22 delegates from the Japanese NCC, part of Nagoya University, and the Innovative Composites Centre, part of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, as well as representatives from Japanese industry.
Inspired by Technology
If you want to get young people interested in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), you need to fire their imagination!
Three happy children from Emerson's Green Primary School won Lego vouchers in a recent art competition titled “Inspired by Technology at the NCC”.
First prize went to Jamie (second on left) who won £100 of Lego vouchers and second and third prize went to Matthew (second on right) and Ava (far right) who won £50 and £20 of Lego vouchers respectively. The certificates and vouchers were presented to the children by Katie Smith, Engineer (pictured above) and Laura Glynn, Business Apprentice from the NCC. Katie asked the children who knew what an engineer was and was surprised by their knowledge and enthusiasm. She said “a sea of hands shot up. They were really enthusiastic and knew a lot!”
The winners were selected by a panel of 3 judges made up by NCC employees. Katie was one of the judges. She said, “We took our time and it wasn’t easy. There were so many great pictures to choose from.”
The school were also awarded £300 towards their art department for such an amazing set of pictures sent in for the competition. Many thanks to Beth, their teacher and all the children at Emerson’s Green Primary School who took part. Approximately 150 pieces of art were entered in total.
The children’s art was displayed for the launch of the new facility on 30th October 2014 and a selection is being remounted to form a permanent display in the NCC Training Centre.
Managers and employees response to the children’s art was enthusiastic. The Operations Director, Rob Ludford, said, “Seeing the art has really brightened my day!”
Here are the winning pictures:
NCC jumpers for joyful children
NCC Staff from left to right: Sandra McCann, Michelle Cave, Katie Smith, Andy Patterson , Laura Glynn, Warwick Frewin-Clarke, Michelle Armitage, Zoe Milsom, Chloe Zapata, Rachel Wood, Jon Steele, Rebecca Cann, Coolio, Nancy Bob-Manuel, James Waldock, Ryan Hough, Josh Simpson, Steve Green, Dan Kells, Lorna Carter, Amelie Mondon.
The NCC is pleased to have taken part in this year’s Christmas Jumper day. The idea was to raise money for Save the Children.
We would like to thank all staff who took part whether they were wearing a jumper or not. We have raised £106.35 for our chosen charity Save The Children in addition to raising £413.47 for Children In Need last month.
NCC at the Composites Engineering Show 2014
Above: The NCC stand at the Composites Engineering Show.
Above: The London Underground train door on display on the NCC stand at the Composites Engineering Show earlier this month.
Above: NCC Business Development Director, Tom Hitchings, with Dr Sue Halliwell and Claire Whysall of Composites UK.
Above: The NCC is proud to sponsor the University of Liverpool ARION1 project.
We were also delighted to see so many of our Members in the Advanced Engineering Show video. Click here to watch the video.
Composites UK Awards Dinner 2014
Each year, at roughly the same time as the Advanced Engineering Show, Composites UK organises the Composites UK Awards Dinner. The trade association ensures that its members come together to celebrate the successes from the previous year.
The NCC were pleased to sponsor the Innovation in Manufacture award.
Above: Alison Starr of the Composites Leadership Forum talks about building the future for UK composites with the NCC's, Nigel Keen.
Above: Prof Peter Chivers talks about the UK composites industry with Faye Smith of UK Trade and Investment.
Above: Nigel Keen talks training with Brian Thornton and Kerry Parsons.
Above: The Composites UK Awards for 2014 ready to be presented.
Above: The NCC presents Metrology Software Products Ltd with the Innovation in Manufacture award for the innovative NC-PerfectPart that eliminates errors from composite machining.
Above: The Composites UK team, who ensured the event was a success! Thanks again, Composites UK!
All images courtesy of Composites UK.
Building the Future for Composites
Above: The NCC team promoting the @bisgovuk #BuildingBritain campaign at the NCC 'Building the Future for Composites' Grand Opening Event last week.
NCC at TeenTech Event
Above: Josh Simpson (NCC Engineering Graduate), Laura Glynn (NCC Business Apprentice) and Rebecca Cann (NCC Engineering Graduate) manning the stand at the Teen Tech event last week.
Founded in 2008, TeenTech is an organisation that runs numerous events around the country designed to engage and inspire 12-13 year olds in engineering, science and technology. Teen Tech has numerous industry sponsors including Airbus, Atkins, CPC, HP, JVC, and National Grid. For the second year running, the NCC attended the south west regional event.
Approximately 300 pupils from over 30 different schools attended this year’s event; the day is structured around different activities, focusing mainly on the children visiting various exhibits from relevant industries. The NCC had a stand in the ‘Insight Zone’ where schools were given 15 minutes at each exhibit.
The NCC team began by giving a brief introduction on the kind of work that is done at the centre, before introducing the students to composite materials, explaining basic concepts and applications. The students were then given the chance to examine a few examples of composite components, including a motorcycle wheel, a composite shovel, and a component from a land speed record attempt. This experience was really well received by students and teachers alike; many students had heard of composite materials but had never seen or held components for themselves.
After the brief introduction, the NCC team introduced students to the concept of a sandwich beam, using a demonstration piece to highlight the strength of such a structure (much to the amazement of the students!). The students were then tasked with building their own sandwich beam using various combinations of plastic sheet and foams, using a special glue to hold their structure together; Velcro! The activity was very successful, the students enjoyed the challenge of building their own structures and in addition, the practical element of the challenge helped them to grasp the theoretical concepts of composite materials.
Overall the day was a great success and the NCC stand proved a great interest to the students, teachers and other exhibitors.
NCC at the University of Bristol Careers Fair
Above: Giles Symonds, Recruitment Manager, at the National Composites Centre stand at the University of Bristol Careers Fair today.
The NCC is at the University of Bristol Engineering Careers Fair today, looking to recruit new future innovators for our 2015 Graduate Scheme. If you would like to know more about the Graduate Scheme, please contact email@example.com.
EDT Engineering Education Scheme South West Launch Event
Above: Mark Bowering (Head of Capability) inspires Year 12 students at the EDT EES SW Launch Event last week in the new seminar space in the NCC extension.
Last week, the NCC hosted the EDT’s Engineering Education Scheme South West Launch event.
We welcomed students from fifteen local schools, along with a range of industrial mentors from local engineering organisations. The Engineering Education Scheme is a fantastic scheme giving Year 12 students the opportunity to gain practical engineering experience working on an industrial project over a 6-month period.
The Launch Event involved an Introduction to Project Management, ran by two of the NCC’s Project Management Team, along with a tour of the NCC’s facilities and some hands-on look-and-build activities.
Students focus on a rather perplexing engineering task!
The Year 12 students were the first to use the new teaching and training facilities now available at the NCC.
NCC at the GKN Employees and Family Day
Despite a slightly damp start on Saturday 6th September 2014, the NCC's appearance at the Open Day at GKN went very well and was a great success, The NCC supported the event by sending the ASAP watercraft and some promotional information and this was displayed in the main GKN workshop which attracted some good interest.
NCC extension update
Although the building is a couple of weeks from readiness, please enjoy a sneak peek of what the extension is currently looking like...
The main lecture theatre with dividing wall.
One of the many meeting rooms.
Two of our teaching rooms opened up down the middle to make a larger teaching room.
The training and skills centre kitchen and breakout area that looks out to the front of the building.
Another example of the kind of meeting room we will soon be using when the extension is open for business.
AV equipment and networking is currently being installed in the larger kitchen and breakout area near the NCC staff office.
A view from the eastern most point of the National Composites Centre facing out towards the front of the building.
This outside terrace that runs along the front of the extension building has been designed for NCC staff to enjoy the warmer moths.
Smallpeice Trust 'Girls Into Engineering' Residential Course
Last week, 21st – 23rd July, the NCC supported a Girls into Engineering course run by the Smallpeice Trust. The Smallpeice Trust are a charity, set up by Dr Cosby Smallpeice in 1966, who provide a range of STEM programmes to promote engineering careers to young people through Residential Courses, STEM days/clubs and STEM Teacher Training days.
Currently, just 7% of the total UK engineering workforce is female – the lowest ratio in Europe (IET, 2014). Given the impending skills crisis in engineering and technology, 100,000 engineering graduates are needed by 2020 to keep up with industry; it is thus imperative to boost the numbers of girls choosing engineering as a career option.
The Girls into Engineering course was a 3-day residential course held at the University of Bristol. Aimed at Girls in Year 8 & 9, the objective of the residential course was to give girls an insight into what life as an engineer is really like and to challenge their perceptions of life as an engineer.
The NCC project team devised a “Build a Bridge” project where the girls had to design and make a composite U-channel model footbridge that met specific requirements. The bridges were then tested to the point of failure with one team then being declared the winner based on how their bridge performed.
NCC extension update
The extension is in its final stages. Not long now...!
The Second Floor open area isn't far off completion.
The ceiling tiles are currently being installed in the Lecture Theatre.
The First Floor corridor is almost ready.
We'll update you again soon...
NCC extension update
The extension is fast approaching completion.
We thought we'd share a few pictures of how it's progressing...
The First Floor corridor has now been decorated.
The doors and ceramic tile flooring are being installed in the Ground Floor Reception area.
The grills are being fitted in the laboratory.
The resin floor is now down in the Large Demo Area.
The Large Demo Cranes are in place.
The snagging in the meeting rooms is being quality checked.
Paving is being laid around the outside of the Teaching Block.
Watch this space...!
NCC goes trackside at Rail Live! 2014 - 18th June 2014
The NCC met with senior management of Network Rail and businesses allied to railway infrastructure whilst exhibiting at the Rail Live 2014 event near Stratford upon Avon on 18th and 19th June 2014. See our news item for more information.
Headstart at the NCC - 2nd July 2014
The NCC and UWE teamed up again for the second year running to support their Headstart summer school.
Headstart is a week-long programme that provides a project-based learning experience and is a residential course for A-Level students to experience university life in a STEM-related discipline.
As part of the experience, the students visited the NCC where they had a rotation of different aspects of the company: careers talk, workshop tour, GKN membership talk and a Mat Lab tour.
NCC at the Big Bang South West - 26th June 2014
Above: NCC staff members introduced over 50 students to composites and widened their understanding of composite applications by way of an engaging bridge building competition at the Big Bang South West fair last month.
On Thursday 26th June 2014, HR staff and apprentices from the NCC attended the Big Bang South West fair at Exeter University.
The Big Bang South West is an event for teachers, students and parents celebrating science and engineering for young people across the region. South West schools showcased projects and activities in various fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. The NCC used the event as an opportunity to celebrate students' achievement from across the region and to explain composite materials to key stage 3, 4 and 5 students.
NCC at Automotive Lightweighting and Manufacturing event 2014 - 25th/26th March 2014
Above: Nigel Keen, Business Support Engineer, at at the NCC stand at the Automotive Lightweighting and Manufacturing event, Gaydon .
On 25th and 26th March the NCC exhibited at the first Automotive Lightweighting and Manufacturing forum event at Gaydon. This event attracted an impressive array of speakers and exhibitors, with keynote speakers from many of the major OEMs, and many lightweighting solution providers exhibiting. The event had an international flavour with excellent attendance from across Europe especially Germany, Ford from the US and the European development centres for the Japanese and Korean OEMs. Composites were well represented, but cast and sheet metal solutions were equally prominent. The event adopted an open forum format of 6 panel speakers each addressing different topics, and this made for some good interactive discussions.
Tom Hitchings, Business Development Director, and Nigel Keen, Business Support Engineer, gained insight into different strategic approaches by the various OEMS, and where composites solutions sit in the overall lightweighting picture, with interesting discussions on thermoplastic vs thermoset, where different processes fit, and where hybrid solutions are appropriate. An engaging event, and it was good to have a highly visible presence there. Our thanks and congratulations to Mark Harrison and the organising team.
NCC Topping Out Ceremony - 5th March 2014
Space for more to join the NCC.
Front row from left ro right: Ian Wyllie (Piper), Dean Foster (SRM, Cllr Ian Boulton (SGlod Council) Alison Starr (CLF), Mark Williamson (SRM), Bob Gilbert (HVM Catapult), Peter Chivers (NCC), Dominic James (BIS) and Nishan Canagarajah (University of Bristol).
Back row: Invited guests from NCC Member Companies, customers and staff, build contractors, local authorities, University of Bristol and other businesses.
Left to right: Toastmaster Tony Rance, Nishan Canagarajah (University of Bristol), Alison Starr (CLF), Dominic James (BIS), Peter Chivers (NCC), Mark Williamson (SRM), Peter Munn (SRM), Bob Gilbert (HVM Catapult), Cllr Ian Boulton (SGlos Council) and Dean Foster (SRM).
Mark Williamson from Sir Robert McAlpine presenting engraved tankard to Prof. Peter Chivers, NCC Chief Executive.
Tankard presented to Prof. Peter Chivers, NCC Chief Executive, by Mark Williamson from Sir Robert McAlpine.
NCC at AGP Showcase - 25th/26th February 2014
The National Composites Centre shared an exhibition stand with the other High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres at the Aerospace Growth Partnership Showcase at Westminster on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th February 2014.
This high profile event, addressed by the Rt Hon Michael Fallon, MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise and Industry Leaders, highlighted the technology investments by both Government and Industry, that support medium term growth in the Aerospace sector and create significant benefits to the UK economy.
NCC at WEAF Annual Conference 2014 - 26th February 2014
The NCC were pleased to attend the WEAF Annual Conference 2014 at Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare this month.
Business Development Director, Tom Hitchings, and Business Development Coordinator, Stacey Downton, were delighted that Colin Smith, Director of Engineering & Technology at Rolls-Royce, was so enthusiastic about the National Composites Centre and the other HVM Catapult centres. The NCC then got a second mention when Lloyd Burnell of Bristol Aero Collection Trust gave attendees an insight into the Bristol Aerospace Centre, a major aerospace industrial museum planned for completion in 2017. Talks were also given from Exeter University and NCC Members, GE, Airbus, AgustaWestland and Altair.
Two years ago, Tom Hitchings was one of the keynote speakers at the WEAF Annual Conference informing attendees about the new centre with great potential that had just opened in the area. Now, with the Topping Out Ceremony of Phase II just around the corner, the National Composites Centre has 35 industrial members and approximately 1,000 people visiting on a monthly basis.
Airbus visit - 5th December 2013
From left to right: Peter Chivers (NCC Chief Executive Officer), Fabrice Bregier (Airbus CEO ) and Colin Sirett (Airbus Head of Research & Technology)
The NCC was pleased to host Airbus CEO and President at the end of last year. Fabrice Bregier was shown Airbus work being undertaken in the centre and was escorted around the growing facilities of the NCC. Peter Chivers NCC Chief Executive said, “The NCC is here to support all of the UK Composites industry, but that is made possible by fostering long term partnerships with our Tier 1 members and continued financial support of the UK Government. We appreciate the long term commitment that Airbus has made to working with us and we look forward to working on future collaborative projects together.”
Chipping Sodbury School comes to the NCC - 12th February 2014
Chipping Sodbury School students getting hands on in the NCC cleanroom.
On Wednesday 12th February 2014, twelve Year 10 students from Chipping Sodbury School studying engineering, electronics and product design at GCSE level came to the NCC for the morning. They learnt about composites including example applications and how they compare to other materials in a presentation from NCC staff (Matt Scott, Graduate Scheme and Jon Steel, Graduate Trainee, Materials & Processing). Following a tour of the workshop, the students took part in a hands-on activity with a prepreg material in the cleanroom, laying material onto shaped moulds and vacuum bagging parts. The visit is part of ongoing activities arranged by members of staff at the NCC for STEM; an initiative aiming to encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in schools.
Caring at Christmas - 18th December 2013
From left to right: Zoe Milsom (Business Apprentice), Stacey Downton (Business Development Coordinator) and Jon Steel (Graduate Trainee, M&P) helping out in the kitchen.
Happy New Year from the NCC!
We do hope you enjoyed the festive season and we wish you a very prosperous 2014.
For 2013, we decided to make a donation to “Caring at Christmas” rather than send Christmas cards. Caring at Christmas is a registered charity that helps homeless people at Christmas and throughout the year, in Bristol and the surrounding area.
On Wednesday 18th December, a dozen NCC staff spent their afternoon volunteering at a homeless shelter in St. Pauls, helping sort donations and readying the shelter for the inevitable increased intake caused by the wintery weather.
From Engineers to the Chief Executive, NCC staff rolled up their sleeves and set about organising storage for bedding and linen, cleaning communal sleeping areas and preparing food supply for the busy period.
From left to right: Matt Scott (Graduate Scheme), Peter Chivers (Chief Executive), Angharad Phippen (PMO) and Tim Unerman (TPL) sweeping and mopping the communal sleeping area in preparation for the arrival of those in need.
For further information on Caring at Christmas and to find out how you can help, please go to http://www.caringatchristmas.org.uk.
Movember Madness - November 2013
From left to right: João Mexia, Tony Rudd, Ashley Barnes (Rolls-Royce), Kam Mistry, Ben Davies (GKN), Jon Steel, Phill Scott, Tim Young and Tom Lucas
The month of November saw Truckers, Box Cars and Undercover Brothers.
NCC residents really got into the swing of the month-long tache-a-thon and our Bespoke Blokes team managed to raise a fantastic £655! Congratulations!
Ben Davies of Tier 1 Member GKN continued the NCC's tradition of being celebrated as Bristol's worst moustache growing community and was awarded Lamest Mo of 2013! (Buildings and Operations Manager, Paul Jones Parry, was proud winner in 2011.)
Well done again to the Bespoke Blokes!
Children in Need at the NCC - 15th November 2013
Friday 15th November 2013 was BBC's Children in Need and staff at the NCC did a grand job of organising a number of activities to raise money for charity.
With games including Guess how many sweets in Pudsey's bottle, a Pudsey coin collection and Guess who's in the picture featuring childhood photos of NCC staff, the week ended on a high with a cake sale, sweet pong, Pin the eye patch on the Pudsey and the great Cream Cracker challenge!
NCC heroes include:
- Frank Greenslade - for being the fist person to donate and for getting more money out of the delivery drivers at the back door on the Friday!
- Tom Drake - our new Finance Manager, who, despite only being with us for four days, gave all his copper coin collection to Pudsey!
- The Workshop Team - who managed to raise a massive £21.58 on their Pudsey (more than the North and East offices together)!
- Sharon Comley - who won Guess who's in the picture.
- Tom Bertenshaw of GKN - who won the Great Cream Cracker challenge in a time of 2 minutes and 45 seconds!
Thank you to everyone for the support; we managed to raise over £450!
Formaplex at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
We also bumped into NCC associate member Formaplex at the NEC during the Advanced Engineering Show in November. Hope to see you guys again soon!
From left to right: Malcolm Aldous (Sales Manager), Nikki Jones (Junior Project Engineer) and Matt Sellens (Business Development Manager)
MSC at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
NCC Tier 2 Member MSC were also at the Advanced Engineering Show back in November. Good to see you!
Above: Technical Managers Richard White and Edwin de Vries
NCC at the Eighth Annual Drapers' Company EDT Composites & Smart Materials Event - 25th November 2013
The NCC were pleased to support the Eighth Annual Drapers' Company EDT Composites & Smart Materials Event for the third year running on Monday 25th November.
The National Composites Centre stand at the Eighth Drapers' Company EDT Composites & Smart Materials Event
The magnificent Livery Hall at Drapers' Hall where students presented on their experiences from the Engineering Education Scheme.
The event was a great success and we were delighted to see so many young people showing such interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The composite speed bike faring proved particularly popular and provided an exemplary case of how composite components stand up against metal components.
Business Development Coordinator, Stacey Downton, explains the manufacture process used to make the speedbike faring.
Business Development Director, Tom Hitchings, engages young people with his engineering anecdotes.
Tencate at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
Tencate, one of NCC's Tier 2 Members, were also at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC earlier in the month. It was great to see you!
Above: Nick Tiffin (Director Sales & Marketing)
Ipeco at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
Ipeco, one of our Tier 2 members, were also displaying their NCC membership board with pride at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC earlier in the month.
Above: Dr. Vijaykumar Sahadevan (Chief Engineer) and Simon Howarth (Business Development Manager)
Heraeus at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
Here's another of our associates proudly displaying their membership to the National Composites Centre. Thanks, Heraeus!
Above: Jon Wood, Sales Engineer
ESI at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was so good to see so many of our members and associates at the Advanced Engineering Show earlier this month.
Above: Ronan Cronin, Technical Support Manager at ESI
Altair at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was fantastic to see NCC associate Altair at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC earlier this month.
From left to right: Jacquelyn Quirk (Academic Liaison Officer), Lydia Williams (Marketing Coordinator) and Paul Sharp (HyperWorks Specialist - RADIOSS)
Evonik at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was great to see Hameem Yasin from NCC associate Evonik at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC.
Dassault Systèmes at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was fantastic to see NCC member Dassault Systèmes at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC last week.
From left to right: Mark Stewart (Pre Sales Consultant Euronorth), Vicky Drew (Marketing), Jean-François Maiziere (Sales Director, CATIA Mechanical) and Duncan Matheson (UK Senior Business Sales Consultant)
3M at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was a pleasure to see NCC Tier 2 member 3M at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC last week.
Above: Andrew Marks and Anna Kellachan
AIC at the Advanced Engineering Show - 13th November 2013
It was great to see NCC associate AIC at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC last week.
From left to right: Ian Jenner (Managing Director), Nigel Clifford (Head of Sales) and Ian Simpson (Service Director)
Bristol Grammar School visit - 8th October 2013
On Tuesday 8th October 2013, GKN Aerospace hosted a visit to the National Composites Centre from Bristol Grammar School. The students, who are participating in the EDT Engineering Education Scheme, were given an introduction to composite materials and a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities that the NCC has to offer. As part of the EES scheme the team of Year 12 students will be exploring the potential of composite materials and creating a typical aerospace composite component.
Bristol Grammar School pupils get to grips with the lightweight properties of composite materials.
TeenTech event - 9th October 2013
The National Composites Centre is proud to have been part of the TeenTech event that took place on Wednesday 9th October at UWE Conference Hall. Teentech helps young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Year 8 students had 30 minutes to complete the challenge devised by graduates working at the National Composites Centre. Throughout the day, six groups of students aged between 11 and 14 years old took part in the challenge.
The challenge set by the NCC required students to construct a bridge using the materials provided. Velcro was used to stick (or bond) the materials together and students were encouraged to think about how they could arrange a minimal amount of materials in order to construct the strongest possible beam. The idea was to build the lightest possible beam which could carry the largest weight (load). Students had to therefore carefully select the appropriate material and arrange the materials in an appropriate manner to achieve the best (optimum) beam.
The NCC hopes that, through friendly competition, the students went away inspired, now carefully considering the potential of a career in engineering and looking forward to next year’s event already!
NCC Engineering graduate Tom Lucas explained to the youngsters, “This high performance arrangement is often the reason that engineers choose composite materials as the solution for their problem. This reduction in material usage and weight means aeroplanes can fly further and use less fuel per mile, wind turbines can spin more efficiently to produce electricity and bridges can be preassembled in a workshop and installed in hours rather than weeks resulting on less disruption to traffic.”
Matt Scott questions Churchfields Academy students on the design of their beam.
Pouring the water was an excellent way of building suspense when the beam was being tested.
The NCC was pleased to host South Glos Chair of Council Cllr Ian Boulton
BIS Business Minister Michael Fallon meets Peter Chivers NCC Chief Executive to mark the start of NCC Phase II.
The Construction on the second phase of the NCC got underway today with a turf cutting ceremony attended by the Business Minister Michael Fallon. He was joined by a group of major business leaders and academics who are part of this collaborative project. The doubling in size of the NCC, which is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, is being supported by Government funding of £28 million. The expansion will allow the NCC to extend its capabilities to develop composite technology for the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy and rail sectors. This will bring an additional 50 NCC jobs, 30-50 jobs within the member organisations and 80-150 construction jobs during the build phase. For the full news story of the event, please click here.
NCC hosts Bristol Mayor George Ferguson and Regen SW Chief Executive Merlin Hyman for Tidal Energy Forum
The NCC was pleased to host the Bristol Tidal Energy Forum in conjunction with Bristol City Council and Regen SW. Following the successful September meeting which focused on the potential development opportunities in the Bristol Channel and provided input into the report Bristol Channel Energy: A Balanced Technology Approach – click here for further details - participants were able to look ahead to understand how technology and project developers are laying the foundation for commercial scale projects and the challenges that these will bring. Speakers covered topics including: Planning and design for commercial arrays, Enhanced manufacturing capability, Installation and deployment, Legal and financial challenges.
John Alty visits the NCC
The NCC was pleased to host John Alty, Acting Director General Knowledge and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. John was accompanied by Alyson Fender who leads the Higher Education briefing team in BIS. NCC Chief Executive Peter Chivers provided an overview briefing on the NCC project and took them for walk round the centre. Peter Chivers said, “It’s important to the NCC that Senior Government figures understand the context of the work we undertake and the importance of the facility for the composites Industry. It was a pleasure to show John and Alyson around and we wish John well when he returns to his appointment at the IPO.” Alyson Fender’s work involves providing Ministerial and Parliamentary briefing and some aspects of HE communications. Alyson is based in the BIS Sheffield office and has worked in BIS and its predecessor departments for more than 30 years in careers, education and skills areas. John Alty will be handing over the Director General post to Sir John O’Reilly.
Peter Chivers takes delivery of an Emergency Cycle Repair Kit
The NCC's Chief Executive Peter Chivers (left) takes delivery of an Emergency Cycle Repair Kit from HP manager and North Bristol Sus Com chairman David Callaghan.
Employers in South Gloucestershire are giving staff some practical encouragement to cycle to work, in a bid to promote more sustainable forms of commuting. More than 20 companies along the A4714 ring road – representing over 40,000 staff -- have signed up to an innovative scheme which will see emergency cycle repair kits deposited at dozens of workplaces. The kits include essential cycle maintenance tools as well as spare equipment such as lights, locks and high-vis jackets, and aim to help staff or visitors tackle minor issues that might otherwise be a big problem for cycle commuters. The scheme is being led by North Bristol SusCom, a partnership of major local employers committed to sustainable commuting, with support from South Gloucestershire Council via the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
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