The NCC has successfully bid and won funding for the IDP12 Feasibility call, working with Omnia (CS) Ltd (www.omnia-cs.co.uk) to look at "Lightweight and cost-effective composite structural core from recylclate".
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Following the success of Mega Mission 2015 to Emerging Europe, UK Trade and Investment is organising the Technology is GREAT: Mega Mission 2016 on the 7th-10th March 2016, a trade delegation of British companies to Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
Emerging Europe, benefitting from more than £120 billion in EU Structural and Cohesion funding backed up by sizeable national investment, provides a wide range of opportunities for UK companies. The Mega Mission will focus in particular on four sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, E-commerce, the Internet of Things and FinTech.
The NCC is delighted to be attending the London Boat Show 2016 on the 8th and 12th January 2016.
Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, and Graham Harrison, Head of Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, will be attending Europe’s first ever Boat Show now in its 62nd year. This world-renowned event showcases the very latest in marine technology and innovation and offers a fantastic industry networking opportunity.
In 2013, Rogers Yacht Design, commissioned by the National Composites Centre (NCC), developed a Class 950 yacht, a high performance offshore racing yacht for amateur and semi-professional sailors. The Classe 950 rules allow boats up to 9.5m long with an all-up weight of c.2700kg including the keel, rig and equipment, and offers an ideal stepping stone to honing single-handed skills for larger ocean races such as the Vendee Globe.
Proposals to bring new investment and jobs to the West of England were shared with Business Secretary Sajid Javid on a visit to the Bristol & Bath Science Park (3 December 2015).
Mr Javid met with members of the Science Park’s steering committee which includes a representative from the National Composites Centre to discuss emerging proposals to develop a world-class automotive research centre on the site. Also present to listen was the constituency MP, Chris Skidmore (Kingswood), and nearby MPs Ben Howlett (Bath) and Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate).
Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, attended the UK Maritime Industries – Looking to the Future conference on the 18th November. The Transport KTN event showcased some of the successes and learning from past Innovate UK funded projects, as well as providing delegates the opportunity to check and comment on progress and outcomes from earlier roadmapping work for the sector. A particularly memorable presentation was from the BAR Chief Engineer, regarding the progress towards the Ben Ainslee Racing’s UK Americas Cup challenge.
The National Composites Centre is delighted to announce the addition of its 50th Member, Chippenham-based CSA Performance Wheels Limited which owns the sole rights to manufacture and distribute official Dymag wheel designs and products. The manufacturer of these world-class carbon composite car and motorcycle wheels is a great addition to the NCC membership.
Composite panels can be significantly heavier than required, due entirely to the need to resist penetrative impact threats. Tier 1 Member, QinetiQ, has developed a commercially viable materials technology to address this issue, offering significant mass reductions, without any cost increase. The technology relies on the efficient, controlled introduction of a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) into a carbon fibre reinforced plastic.
The National Composites Centre was delighted to exhibit at the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Derby on the 25th and 26th November.
Above: Graham Harrison, Dean Jones, Matt Hocking and Simon Astwood at the NCC stand
The NCC has launched a new Lean Improvement Modular Programme, working with a training provider with forty years of experience in industry.
The programme offers a suite of one-day courses that can be attended in sequence or in separate stand-alone modules to suit as required, based on knowledge and availability.
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