NCC News

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 09:58

The NCC’s largest single investment in one piece of equipment is very close to completion at the manufacturer’s works, and will be undergoing Factory Acceptance Testing there in mid-February before being dismantled and shipped to the UK for installation in our new Phase 2!

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 14:17

After hosting the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) Composites in Oil and Gas Roadmapping Workshop last week (see earlier news), the NCC were delighted to host both the CLF Automotive Roadmapping Session and the CLF Technology Working Group recently.

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:03

The National Composites Centre has been successful in bidding into BIS’ SMCF to run a pilot mentoring scheme. This will be available to help ambitious micro and SMEs wanting to take advantage of this £1 billion pa market in the UK and which is growing at least 9% pa.

With the support of Composites UK, we are looking to link 10 mentors and 10 mentees to work with each other over a 12 month period beginning in March 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:30

On Monday 10th February 2014 the NCC will be hosting an Imperial College London Seminar. The seminar will consist of three talks and will run from 11am until 12.30pm.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 09:48

Following the BBC Business Daily interview with Airbus and NCC Chief Executive Pete Chivers about the use of carbon composites last week (see our earlier News item), the National Composites Centre has now featured in an article on carbon fibre planes on the BBC News Business website. Check it out here.

Friday, January 24, 2014 - 14:52

Join the NCC Chief Executive Peter Chivers, the British Plastics Federation and Composites UK at the inaugural 'Thermoplastic Composites' seminar taking place in London on 27th February 2014. This seminar will provide you with the ideal opportunity to network with your peers and listen to expert speakers discussing Thermoplastics. Topics at the seminar include Lightweighting Materials, challenges when recycling composites and processing composite materials.


Who should attend?

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:05

The National Composites Centre together with the other 6 partners of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult gathered in January for the organisation’s first summit. Keynote Speaker, Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne used the opportunity to announce £60 million of new funding for the development of new high-tech aerospace technology at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 15:55

On 27th/28th January Composites UK is meeting with engineers from the HS2 line to explore opportunities for composite applications in their infrastructure. This first initial consultation is invite-only, but subsequent more open meetings will be held to explore specific applications. If you are not attending the meeting but have ideas you would like to propose for initial discussion, please contact Composites UK by close of play Thursday 23rd January.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:04

The BBC’s Business Daily reporter Justin Rowlatt visited the NCC to record an interview with Colin Sirett Airbus and the NCC’s Peter Chivers about the use of carbon composites. The programme piece should be aired on Wednesday 22nd January just after 3pm (GMT).

To listen in at 3pm, click here.

To listen to a longer-cut podcast, click here.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 15:55

The TSB has just announced its £8.5m CR&D competition “Make it lighter, with less” to support collaborative R&D projects to develop advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.

This competition aims to strengthen the UK’s collective expertise in lightweighting, and to develop a more robust and competitive supply base.

It will require consortia to have representation from at least two different industry sectors as well as the supply chain.


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