NCC News

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 14:51

Advanced composite materials combine great strength and stiffness with low weight and high performance in demanding environments. This makes them ideal for use in aerospace applications, and in the UK it is therefore the aerospace industry which has driven the development and manufacture of relatively low-volume, high value composite materials.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 16:44

On Thursday 16th June, the NCC will be hosting the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) Showcase 2016. NATEP is a national programme under which aerospace supply chain companies are developing more than 100 new technologies for the UK and global aerospace industry.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 16:03

The Innovate UK Connected digital additive manufacturing competition has opened today. This £4.5 million call looks for projects that will make a significant innovation step in both additive manufacturing and connected digital manufacturing. 

How the NCC can support this call?

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 11:58

The National Composites Centre was delighted to exhibit at the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th May 2016.

Above: The HVM Catapult centres exhibiting at the Rolls-Royce Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 15:22

On Monday 9th May 2016, Innovate UK launched a £15 million investment into manufacturing and materials innovation projects. These projects will focus on identified technical or commercial challenges and aim to lead to increased UK SME productivity, competitiveness and growth.

The National Composites Centre offers B2B brokerage, consortium building and bid support to companies of all sizes. The NCC technology offer includes; design and simulation, prototype manufacture, process optimisation, testing and inspection, manufacturing and test equipment and industry training.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 13:29

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is preparing a National Innovation Plan, and is asking you to share your expertise and views to help shape it.

There is an online survey which seeks views on how the UK should further develop its innovation framework and system. It will focus on 7 key themes:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:54

On Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th May 2016, Mattia Di Francesco,  EngDoc student at the NCC, will be attending SAMPE Long Beach in California, to present a collaborative paper between the NCC and the University of Bristol on thermoplastic AFP. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 15:54

There is a growing need for composites skills in industry, across all sectors. This means more people must be trained in the subject to keep up with the industry demand. With the centre's involvement in the Apprenticeship Framework, we recognise the growing need for more composites trainers for colleges and work-based learning training providers.    

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:18

The NCC has launched its latest course; Introduction to Resin Infusion. 

This course has been developed to give a theoretical and practical introduction into the manufacture of composite components using resin infusion processes. The course will cover many aspects of the Infusion process including mould preparation, handling and cutting fabrics, vac bagging procedures and consumables used during manufacture. Good workshop practice and relevant health and safety issues will be embedded throughout the course.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:26

On 18th April 2016, the NCC was delighted to host a visit from George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to announce the HM Treasury analysis outlining their view of the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives. The Chancellor presented the report alongside Amber Rudd Secretary of State for Department of Energy and Climate Change, Stephen Crabb, Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, and Liz Truss Secretary of State for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


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