Member News

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 15:47

NCC Members Altair Engineering Ltd have announced the award of a £1.998M Grant. This Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) investment will enable Altair to collaborate with Ncc members Rolls-Royce plc to support the design of the company’s next generation engine architecture, UltraFan®. UltraFan forms part of Rolls-Royce’s future vision for aircraft engines with a focus on weight reduction and fuel efficiency, together with reduced noise.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 15:20

Thermoplastic Composites 2017 is a joint annual event organised by Composites UK and the British Plastics Federation. The UK Composites Strategy predicts an opportunity for growth in the composites sector from £2.3bn to £12bn per annum by 2030 but the UK has to gear-up in order to exploit this potential. One of the immediate areas for development is in affordable composites for a variety of applications and thermoplastic composites will play a significant part.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 14:27

The Industrial Nanocomposites conference will focus on the current and emerging applications of polymer nanocomposites; defining challenges and drivers in relation to the use of nanocomposites, and will consider the way forward, discussing commercialisation routes and future opportunities.

The conference is aimed at those with an interest in the current and near-term future use of nanocomposites in industrial applications with topics including:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 13:36

NCC members Hexcel, have announced that they will be launching a new Government-backed £7.4 million research and development project, MAXIM, and expanding their manufacturing facility in Leicester.

The four-year Multi AXial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project, backed by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and match-funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, will be responsible for developing progressive, cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 16:57

NCC Tier 2 Member, 3M, are hosting a seminar at the NCC on Tuesday 25th July 2017, giving you the opportunity to come and discuss your PPE questions with Alan McArthur, 3M Technical Supervisor in the 3M Personal Safety Division. With over 18 years of experience, Alan McArthur is more than qualified to help assist with your PPE needs.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 09:39

JEC World (Paris) is Europe’s largest exhibition dedicated to the composites industry. In March 2018 the NCC intend to host the UK Pavilion in partnership with Catapult and the Department for International Trade. There are opportunities for our UK members to join us on the stand and promote their services from one of the areas branded pods (see the photo below).   

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 15:57

AC Marine & Composites has announced that it will be supplying composite struts, in partnership with Off Limit Engineering, to Minesto.

The Deep Green project will be deployed at Holyhead Deep, off the coast of Wales.

Christian Norinder, Development Engineer at Minesto:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 16:35

TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading supplier of composite materials for high performance aerospace and industrial applications, and Airborne announce the signing of a long-term supply agreement for advanced thermoset composite materials.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:45

Altair and Artemis Racing together have applied design and simulation technology to help place Artemis Racing in a position to take it all in the 35th America’s Cup. The design of the daggerboards – foils that lift the boat out of the water to break the drag barrier – will be a critical differentiator between the competing teams as they have a significant impact on a boat’s performance. The Altair and Artemis Racing technical teams have placed a great deal of emphasis on perfecting these composite material structures.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 14:40

Sigmatex is pleased to announce a new supplier agreement with Embraer, one of the largest aerospace companies in the world. Sigmatex is the world’s most advanced carbon fibre textile supplier through our unrivalled product range, commitment to innovation and our strong customer focus – all of which is underpinned by our design for performance ethos.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 16:35

A C Marine & Composites is delighted to confirm that the Atlantis Resources AR1500 tidal turbine has been installed at the MeyGen site in the Pentland Firth. The 1.5 megawatt turbine hit full power following installation and is already exporting to the grid. The three rotor blades were manufactured in house by A C Marine & Composites.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 15:54

Sigmatex, the world’s leading independent converter of carbon fibre, will exhibit in Paris at JEC World (next month between 12 – 16 March) - the largest composites networking event. Sigmatex develops and manufactures technical textiles for composite material applications and will be in hall 6 on booth G5.

On stand at the exhibition, Sigmatex will reveal one of Reebok CCM Hockey’s new 2017 sticks – SuperTacks 2.0. The stick utilises sigmaST - Sigmatex’s Spread Tow carbon fibre and is designed to achieve maximum performance through lightweight, precision and strength.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 08:34

The PulPress method allows manufacturers to produce complex molded parts in high volumes

Savings of up to 60 percent over previous lightweight construction methods

Initial components are now on their way to mass production

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 13:31

NCC Tier 2 Member, 3M, invites you to join their webinar hosted by Jeff Kapp, 3M Automotive & Aerospace Solution Division Engineer: ‘Two worlds separated by a common science: exploring adhesive bonding processes in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors’.

Wednesday 14th December – 12:00 to 12:45 (GMT)

Register at:

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 15:23

NCC Associate Member, Huntsman Advanced Materials’, commitment to innovation and process improvement was tested to the full on a recent lighthouse project led by ACCIONA Infraestructuras.  Working in collaboration with various partners an outstanding result was achieved which went on to win one of the prestigious 2016 JEC World Innovation Awards.

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 15:18

NCC Tier 2 Member and UK-based composite aerostructures, assemblies and components provider, AGC AeroComposites, has developed a new, low-cost thermoplastic composite welding technique. Developed under AGC’s CoFusion project, the new welding technique can be used on both flat and curvature components. Receiving funding from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), CoFusion showed that carbon/polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) composite thermoformed components can be welded to produce complex assemblies.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 13:30

On Thursday10th November, NCC Associate Member, National Physical Laboratory, will be hosting an Applications of Thermal Analysis for the 21st Century seminar.  

Applications of Thermal Analysis for the 21st Century
Techniques, material properties, measurement solutions 
Thursday 10 November – 9:30 am to 5:00 pm 
National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, TW11 0LW 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 17:30

The NCC is pleased to hear that Associate Member, A C Marine & Composites, will be supplying tidal turbine blades to Atlantis Resources. Following an extensive and rigorous selection process, involving nineteen of Europe’s leading composites manufacturers, Atlantis Resources selected A C Marine & Composites to manufacture their blades and assist with manufacturing advice during the design phase

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 18:49

ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd., a market leader in recycled carbon fibre materials, is pleased to announce that it has joined IACMI - The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. The affiliation will increase ELG Carbon Fibre’s engagement with end users and a variety of development projects, allowing the company to accelerate plans for expansion into the US. 

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 12:52

TenCate Advanced Composites, a leading global composite materials company, celebrate the inaugural opening of their extended facility at Langley Mill (Nottingham), United Kingdom, the European Centre of Excellence for thermoset prepreg systems.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 08:59
BAC reveals all-new carbon composite wheels, to be shown for the first time at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed The BAC team, led by BAC’s co-founder and Design Director Ian Briggs, designed the carbon-composite wheels in collaboration with British performance wheel manufacturer, Dymag As well as revolutionising the look of the BAC Mono, the new wheels bring weight and performance improvements
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 18:38

ESI Group (Paris:ESI), pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, introduces a complete and transformational offering to help industrial manufacturers leapfrog their traditional “Product Lifecycle Management” (PLM), which focuses on design and development, and manage instead their “Product Performance Lifecycle” (PPL) during the anticipated operational product life all the way from maintenance to phase-out.

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 18:06

Evonik Industries AG has acquired the specialty & coating additives business  of US company Air Products and Chemicals for US$3.8 billion (around €3.5 billion). The transaction is intended to be completed by the end of the year.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 13:30

The ‘Breakthrough Aerospace Materials’ project, known as BAM, commenced March 2016. The 3 year ATI project looks to advance the manufacturing techniques and simulation of 3D textiles in the UK and to make them commercially available to the aerospace industry. Currently, the use of 3D textile composites is held back by a lack of analysis techniques that are able to accurately predict weave architectures and the resulting processing and structural performance.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:34

CCM Hockey and Sigmatex are pleased to announce their partnership on CCM’s line of premium hockey sticks for 2017. The upcoming product line will incorporate Sigmatex’s sigmaST fabric, and is driven by weight reduction and strength objectives. This collaboration reinforces CCM’s commitment to ongoing research and development within the hockey industry. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:29

Sigmatex are pleased to announce its collaboration with British bike manufacturer Orro, on its new range of elite road bikes. Orro’s objective is to create the best and most stylish bikes for serious riders. Orro use the latest pioneering materials of the highest quality and their Gold Signature bike can even be painted to a bespoke design. Orro’s Gold range is the flagship model, described as a ‘real world performance bike’. The bikes utilise the innovative ‘sigmaST’ product – Sigmatex’s spread tow carbon fibre textile solution.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:24

NCC Associate Member, MSC Software, are hosting a Simulating Crack Initiation and Propagation to Improve Product Life workshop on Tuesday 28th June 2016.  The simulation of crack initiation and propagation events is of great interest in the assessment of the product performance and reliability.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 13:22

26th April 2016, Coseley, West Midlands, UK – ELG Carbon Fibre, a leading supplier of carbon fibre products, will be exhibiting and presenting at the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM) European conference this week (26th – 28th April).

As the cost and supply of carbon remains a prohibitive factor for OEM’s, ELG Carbon Fibre is presenting a range of recycled carbon products for use in automotive applications that offer significant weight savings at an affordable cost.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 13:15

Huntsman Advanced Materials has developed a new epoxy resin system and a new efficient process which could give an entirely new compression moulding concept.

According to the company, the new compression moulding process, which uses a fast-cure Araldite epoxy, makes it possible to make structural composite parts with cycle times as low as one minute without any further post-curing. It is also suitable for making structural parts using thermoset technology for high-volume applications such as automotive. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 16:18

AIC Group has completed delivery of an advanced composite processing oven to Terma Aerostructures A/S in Denmark. Designed to give outstanding performance to aerospace material specification pyrometry standard AMS2570E with exceptional temperature uniformity and increased energy efficiency, the oven will be used for production of advanced aircraft components.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 16:08

MSC Software invites you to participate in the 2016 "Simulating Reality" Contest by submitting videos or images that demonstrate how you use MSC Software technology to develop products or design new innovations.

Two Groups
Participants will be divided into two groups: Industry Group and University Group. Participants from colleges and research institutes should select the "University Group" category when completing the application page, and participants from industry should select the "Industry Group". The two groups compete separately.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 12:44

Hexcel is to have its innovative CFRP technology introduced in the BMW 7 Series where it is used to save weight and reinforce the metal shell of the B-pillar.

Hexcel supplies BMW with preforms made of unidirectional carbon prepreg set in various orientations and combined with adhesive. The prepreg is made from Hexcel's HexPly M77 resin system that cures in 1.5 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 13:45

14th January 2016, Coseley, West Midlands, UK – ELG Carbon Fibre, a leading supplier of recycled carbon fibre products, has achieved AS/EN9100 quality management system certification from Bureau Veritas for the ‘Recovery of carbon fibre from manufacturing waste and end of life products’ and the ‘Manufacture of recycled carbon fibre materials and products’.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 16:24

STAMFORD, Connecticut (January 5, 2016) - Hexcel Corporation (NYSE:HXL) announced today that it has acquired full ownership of Formax UK Limited. Hexcel acquired a 50% interest in the privately-owned company in December 2014.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 13:56

NCC Tier 2 Member Heraeus, the photonics solutions provider, was presented with the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation by Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. The Lord-Lieutenant, along with other Cambridge dignitaries and guests, was in attendance to see Debbie Playle, Heraeus Noblelight's Managing Director, receive the award given in recognition of the company's ground-breaking progress in the automated manufacture of flash lamps.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:09

AIC Group announced today (11th November) that it has won an order to upgrade two autoclaves of a major Japanese aerospace company with its AMCS (Autoclave Management and Control System) and other features.

One of the autoclaves measures 8.5m in diameter and 40m in length, which presents unique challenges to ensure even heating and cooling, and is used for curing complete composite wings. The other measures 3.5m x 12m.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 10:16

NCC Associate Member celebrates 25 years running.  This specialist engineering company provides design and build of bespoke composite processing equipment and controls. Since the company’s launch in 1990, they have expanded from Aeroform product support to providing services and advanced industrial process equipment to the major companies in aerospace, automotive and Formula 1 industries.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:01

Aerothermal Group and AIC Group today (21 September) announced that they have successfully completed the move of an 18ft diameter autoclave from Scunthorpe to UTC Aerospace’s Prestwick facility.

The autoclave is so large that the move required the Highways Agency to make special arrangements for the transfer.

This is a major milestone in the contract to provide UTC with a custom-built state-of-the-art autoclave, won by Poole-based companies AIC Group and Aerothermal Group.

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 15:24

AIC Group announced today (17th August) that it is refurbishing a 3m x 10m autoclave for a global North American aerospace company. AIC will refit the autoclave with various features, including its Autoclave Management and Control System (AMCS).

The aerospace company bought the autoclave for its South American jet building facility, which employs 1500 people. The autoclave needs to be up and running by late September, which ruled out buying a new autoclave. AIC will deliver it in the first week of August.

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 08:52

ESI UK Ltd., a pioneer and world-leading provider in virtual prototyping, will bring together leading UK industry and academic experts at a free one day event, “Shaping the future of Near-Net and Light Weighting”, which will be held at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry on Tuesday 8th September 2015.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 13:40

Debbie Playle, managing director of Heraeus Noblelight, world leaders in Xenon Flash Technology has joined a group of 31 UK businesses to accompany the Prime Minister David Cameron on his trade mission to South East Asia.

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