The NCC celebrates news of new GKN facility in Bristol

The National Composites Centre is delighted by the announcement by The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, and the Chief Executive of GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker of plans for GKN Aerospace to create a new Global Technology Centre in the UK. It is expected to open in 2020.

GKN Aerospace has announced plans to create a new Global Technology Centre in Bristol. This will further cement Bristol as a world leading hub for advanced engineering. It joins a multitude of facilities that support the UKs position as a world leader in aerospace R&D. Not least the National Composites Centre – the UK’s Composites innovation catapult – one of the organisations that produced a strong letter of support for the endeavour while the project was being scoped and funding sought.

The new centre - funded by a £17m commitment from GKN Aerospace and a £15m commitment from the UK Government, through the Aerospace Technology Institute - is expected to open in 2020. It will include collaborative space for research and development with universities, the UK’s CATAPULT network and GKN Aerospace’s UK supply chain.

The Bristol centre joins a growing list of GKN Aerospace Centres of Technical Excellence around the world. Each centre has a unique technology focus - covering AM, thermoplastics and smart aero-engine systems - and is supported and linked by a clear digital strategy. 

Richard Oldfield Chief Executive of The National Composites Centre said ‘We are delighted to see more public-private sector investment in R&D in the South West. The GTC will compliment some of the activities we undertake at The National Composites Centre not least some of the work we are currently doing with GKN on the Airbus led ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme.

The NCC is the world leading authority on composites bringing together the best minds and the best technologies to solve the world’s most complex engineering challenges. It has seen £200m investment since its inception and boasts the highest concentrate of composites experts outside China. It works across sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Energy, Construction and Infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of creative, high value engineering in composites to stimulate growth for the benefit of the UK. It works with micro companies to global OEMs.

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