NCC News

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 14:21

Engineering Design students from the University of Bristol have teamed up with Icon Films to design and construct the UK’s first lead balloon for BBC One’s The One Show with a little lift from us here at the National Composites Centre (NCC).

Following a successful challenge in 2014 building a functional chocolate teapot, Icon Films and Marty Jopson enlisted the expertise of the Engineering Design students to dispel the idiom and prove it is possible to fly a lead balloon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:17

On Tuesday 28th April 2015, Enrique Garcia, NCC’s newly-appointed Chief Technology Officer attended the Innovate UK “Game-changing technologies for aerospace” Consortia Building Event in London.

The Highly Innovative Technology Enablers for Aerospace (HITEA3) fund is investing up to £10 million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil aerospace.

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 13:56

The NCC will be actively supporting the brokerage event at Nantes, as a High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre.

We would like to invite our Members and non-Member customers to attend the event (or pass on any project interest to the NCC in the event you are unable to attend). The main purpose of the event is to get potential EU partners together, particularly French and British industrial, academic and RTO counterparts.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:35

On the 23rd and 24th of April 2015, Dr. Peter Giddings, Mattia Di Francesco and Matt Scott attended the second edition of the International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing in Montreal. Following from the success of the first 2013 edition, the event attracted 140 delegates from all over the world representing industry and academia.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 14:53

Wednesday 23rd saw Nigel Keen from our Business Development team, alongside 30 other delegates, in a lifejacket and looking at a Mersey class lifeboat at the RNLI the training centre in Poole. The Mersey is one of three classes of boat that will be phased out over the next few years.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:07

The NCC and specialist wheel manufacturer Dymag Performance Racing Wheels (Dymag) met with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith to show how carbon composites could be the driving force for high value jobs in the UK. Dymag has been conditionally awarded £7.2 million from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. They will be working with the NCC to develop and optimise the next generation of carbon composite automotive and motorcycle hubs.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:25

The EDT is delighted to invite the NCC and its partners to the Regional Final of The Year in Industry (YINI) Contribution to the Business Awards on Thursday 16th July 2015 at 2:00pm at the NCC.

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:56

On 23rd April 2015, NCC Research Engineers, Mattia di Francesco (EngD student) and Peter Giddings (Manufacturing Process Simulation) will be presenting at the Second International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing in Montreal, Canada. NCC research that enables significant reduction of both cost and risk in manufacture of convex corners using automated fibre placement will be described in two presentations, detailing the complementary simulation and testing methods developed within the NCC.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 11:27

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.

Questions were on core topics of science and the future for composites technology, through to ones on issues as wide ranging as; supporting young people, Europe, the NHS, ending zero-hours contracts, tuition fees, immigration and does spelling matter on ballot papers! 

We were pleased that Ed praised the innovative work of the NCC and was impressed by our large press.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 08:57

This year's Niche Vehicle Symposium was relocated at short notice from its usual venue at the National Motor Museum, Gaydon to the stunning Williams F1 Conference Centre. The switch proved popular and was packed out with over 200 delegates, a mix of enthusiasts, engineers, entrepreneurs and supply chain solution providers, all looking to find new ideas, markets and money.


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