Williams Advanced Engineering, the technology and engineering services business of the Williams Group, advanced their membership of the National Composites Centre (NCC) at the Advanced Engineering Show. Senior figures from both organisations shook hands to confirm the annual membership deal after a year of successful project working.
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Today, Chancellor George Osborne announced additional government support for the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, to help manufacturing businesses turn their good ideas into viable commercial applications which can be produced in this country. The High Value Manufacturing Catapult comprises seven elite technology and innovation centres throughout the country.
The Composites Leadership Forum recently published an Initial Brief on the forthcoming refresh of the National Composites Strategy - “Lightening the load'.
This was presented at the Opening Event of the National Composites Centre extension. Click here to download a copy.
Innovate UK has recently announced a fund allowing opportunity for UK businesses to work together on novel equipment, processes and systems for flexible manufacturing.
If you’re a business looking for funding in the area of flexible manufacturing, Innovate UK is investing up to £7 million in a collaborative research and development competition. This is co-funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council).
Earlier this year, the Technology Strategy Board ran a competition titled 'Technology Inspired Innovation'. Since May 2014, the Technology Strategy Board has transformed into Innovate UK and a new 'Technology Inspired Innovation' competition is now live!
NCC Tier 2 Member, MSC Software, has just launched their brand new Direct Modeling and Meshing solution, MSC Apex, and you are invited to come to the National Composites Centre on Wednesday 26th November to attend a half-day workshop to find out more.
The session, running from 10am to 12:30pm, will help you discover:
An innovative racing yacht, lightweight road cars and the largest openly accessible high rate manufacturing press for composites in Europe were on show to highlight the National Composites Centre (NCC) capabilities. The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) formally opened the new NCC facilities at the Building the Future for Composites event in Bristol.
The NCC is delighted to have featured in the Bristol Post article about Chris Shelley's southwest-based company today:
"Bristol has a great cluster of knowledge with the National Composites Centre (NCC) here," said Chris Shelley.
"If we can find a way to do this here we'll be rubbing shoulders with big players in the composite industry and that's one of the big attractions of this centre.
On the 27th and 28th of October, Mattia Di Francesco, Gary Poynton, Alex Wallace and Tim Young attended the 2014 edition of the International Conference and Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (ITHEC) in Bremen, Germany. The event followed the successful ITHEC 2012 and was attended by over 300 delegates, a 10% increase with respect to the previous event. With more than 50% of the delegates travelling from outside of Germany, the ITHEC 2014 was truly an international event.
Nigel Keen from the NCC Business Development team attended a scoping event held at the TWI NDT centre at Port Talbot and facilitated by KTN Ltd on behalf of the Innovate UK Advanced Materials team on Thursday of last week.
This consultation event aimed to identify new materials technologies that might provide solutions for service in extreme environments and to identify what those environmental challenges. The challenges are many, and clear opportunities emerged, with potential for cross-sectoral take-up.
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