The National Composites Centre (NCC) will benefit from a £10m Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) investment announced by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. The funding given to the Universities of Nottingham and Bristol to anchor cutting-edge composites manufacturing research in the UK is for the Future Composites Manufacturing Hub (FCM Hub). The aim is to develop the next generation of composites technologies and train the people required to deliver those innovations.
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The NCC joined a Senior Government trade mission to India. The UK Prime Minister Theresa May led the delegation which included NCC Exec Dir Strategy & Business Alison Starr and the CEO, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Dick Elsy. The visit included the Inaugural Session of India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi.
The National Composites Centre and ESI are collaborating to enable the delivery of winning solutions in the field of composite materials. Using ESI’s range of simulation industry-oriented solutions, the manufacturing processes of composite parts can be realistically simulated from end to end. The benefit is being clearly demonstrated at the National Composites Centre (NCC) where ESI has been collaborating to apply predictive simulation technology to Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) processes, such as Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM).
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The NCC was delighted to exhibit at the Advanced Engineering Show for the fifth year running this month. This year's show ran from Wednesday 2nd to Thursday 3rd November at the NEC in Birmingham and the NCC exhibited alongside over 750 supply chain engineering exhibitors across all high performance engineering sectors. The NCC stand this year was bigger and better than ever, and even made from carbon fibre (supplied by C6(n) Technology). With a two-tier stand, we had spacious meeting space on the upper level with free coffee flowing, sponsored by Norco.
The NCC was pleased to host a delegation from the Welsh Government. The Welsh business development team were shown the latest innovations in composites, the aspirations for the National Composite Materials Centre and given insight into the National College for Advanced Manufacturing. The visitors gave an overview of opportunities for the NCC to support businesses across Wales and highlighted how we can maximise benefits for industry by joint working.
For further information on funding and support for Welsh Businesses click here.
On Wednesday 12th October, the NCC attended the Autumn Careers Fair at the University of the West of England (UWE).
Francesca Andrews, Recruitment Advisor, and Josh Sherwood, Graduate Research Engineer, attended the fair, and had a fantastic day networking with Engineering students, spreading the word about the Early Careers Opportunities available at the National Composites Centre.
November is fast approaching and we can't wait to be exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show for the fifth year running next month. This year's show will run from Wednesday 2nd to Thursday 3rd November at the NEC in Birmingham. With over 750 supply chain engineering exhibitors across all high performance engineering sectors, you'll be able to network and gain market and technology intelligence from industry leaders.
The NCC exhibited for the first time this year at the Low Carbon Vehicle conference and exhibition. This event was held at the Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford on Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th September 2016. Tom Hitchings, Head of SME & Membership, and Paul Gallen, Automotive Sector Lead, represented the NCC, sharing a stand with the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult.
Last month, on Tuesday 13th September, the NCC hosted its 1st Annual Conference, held jointly with ACCIS. The conference, held at the National Composites Centre, attracted nearly 300 delegates and showcased the latest developments in composites research and manufacture.
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