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!
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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.
We are proud to announce that the NCC will be holding the ‘Building the Future for Composites’ Grand Opening Event on Thursday 30th October 2014. We believe that, thanks to the uptake and interest form the composites community, and especially to our Member companies, the NCC is a great success story for joint working between industry, academia, and government.
On Tuesday 21st October 2014, the NCC hosted the latest quarterly meeting of the HVM Catapult Simulation Forum. This forum brings representatives from the seven HVM Catapult centres together to strengthen the use of numerical simulation in better understanding and improving quality and efficiency in high value manufacturing processes.
On Monday and Tuesday of next week (27th October - 28th October 2014), Mattia di Francesco (Design and Simulation Research Engineer), Tim Young (Materials and Process Selection Engineering Capability Lead), Gary Poynton (Materials and Process Selection Research Engineer) and Alex Wallace (Process Development Research Engineer) will be attending the International Conference & Exhibition on Thermoplastic Composites (ITHEC) 2014 in Bremen, Germany.
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has announced it is to co-fund the IDP11 competition with £11m of its R&D budget. This has enabled the IDP11 competition to fund up to £15m of new innovative collaborative R&D projects.
At the same time, InnovateUK has been able to increase the Off-Highway Vehicles competition grant fund to £6m.
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