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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:53

The NCC were delighted to feature in the Knowledge Centre Materials Chemistry Newsletter last month.

Composites - an exciting growth industry

"The composites industry is enjoying rapid growth, driven by the functionality and light weight properties of composite materials, and has a current global compound annual growth of ca7.5%. The UK has been a major player in the development and application of composites across many industry sectors and has had a strong track record in aerospace and automotive components since the 1930s.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:45

On Tuesday 16th September 2014, the Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) will be hosting Dominic LeBlanc from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Quebec, Canada.

Dominic LeBlanc will be delivering a seminar on Compression Moulding of Complex Parts Using Randomly-Oriented-Strand Thermoplastic Composites.

More information can be found in the downloadable abstract below.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 09:18

The NCC is interested in receiving any pre-meeting responses (by midday Monday 8th September) for the upcoming Smart, Hybrid and Multiple Materials Funding Scoping Workshop (arranged by TSB) that Dr. Kalyan Hazra will be attending next week.

We are keen to receive comments, information and your opinion via email (to on any or all of the following:

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 14:45

The chilly early hours of Bank Holiday Sunday saw the good citizens of the sleepy village of Frampton Cotterell turn out to watch the slow progress down Church Road of a new highway deck for their picturesque stone bridge across the river Frome.  A few intrepid balloonists also flew over to view the event.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:25

On Monday 21st July 2014, Business Support Engineer, Nigel Keen, attended an Ocean Waste Plastic event at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth. The event, organised by the Rame Peninsula Beachcare Charity which was originally inspired by the NCC’s very own Ocean Waste Plastic guru,  Andy Fox.

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 16:22

Reduced journey times for customers

Research marks start of move towards lighter trains

London Underground (LU) is exploring ways to reduce delays for customers by trialling lighter Tube train doors using award-winning innovative aerospace technology. LU's Innovation Team has led a group of industry experts including the NCC, Atkins UK, Wabtec Rail and UCL to explore using materials previously only used in aerospace composite materials to construct a commercially viable, lightweight train door.

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 12:33

On Wednesday 6th August 2014, Business Development Director, Tom Hitchings, attended the Regional Growth Fund Round 6 Roadshow event at the University of Portsmouth. There was a good attendance from a number of companies across a variety of sectors and Finance Birmingham’s AMSCI presentation at the end of the day proved especially popular.

The £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) supports eligible projects and programmes that are also raising private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.  Round 6 of the RGF opened on 19 June 2014.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 16:05

Earlier this month, Business Support Engineer, Paul Gallen, presented a speed pitch at the Technology Strategy Board IDP11 and Off-HighWay Vehicle Networking event. This event was the ideal occasion to promote our new press village (which includes a large high-power Schuler press suitable for large 'body in black' components - see previous news item) that will become available when the doors to the extension open later this year.

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 16:38

Apprentice programmes in England are undergoing a significant reform.

They are being reformed to ensure that they can meet the needs of the economy and employers for years to come.

The reforms are intended to:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:51

The NCC supported the Composites UK and HS2 Technical Directorate in a one-day drop-in showcase event at the Building Centre on 14th July to enable High Speed 2 (HS2) engineers, specifiers, contractors, and the wider engineering community to gain a better understanding of what composite materials are, where they are already used and how they might be utilised effectively in the HS2 line.



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