NCC News




Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 10:26

Your aircraft belong up in the sky, not stuck on the ground. Whether they are taking off or landing in sandy and dusty environments, or flying through rain and hail, protecting vulnerable aircraft surfaces from erosion, FOD (Foreign Object Damage), and corrosion is no easy task

3M have developed an advanced polyurethane tape technology that improves aircraft protection, reducing the need for maintenance and simplifying the repair process.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:34

On 3rd June, NCC Collaborative Research Manager, Dan Kells attended a meeting at the Royal Society of Chemistry to scope out the next Innovate call on Graphene. The meeting was facilitated by Steve Morris at The KTN and took the form of a workshop to discuss the way of using graphene, the properties and the key application areas where graphene could be exploited. Attendance was around 60 and included people with widely differing backgrounds; from academics to industrialists to mining experts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:51

Continuing the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and National Physical Laboratory series of metrology events, Warwick Manufacturing Group will be holding a free-to-attend "Improving Quality through Good Measurement Practice" event on 24th June 2015.


Please download the pdf below for more info or click here to register.


Friday, June 5, 2015 - 14:21

Engineering Design students from the University of Bristol have teamed up with Icon Films to design and construct the UK’s first lead balloon for BBC One’s The One Show with a little lift from us here at the National Composites Centre (NCC).

Following a successful challenge in 2014 building a functional chocolate teapot, Icon Films and Marty Jopson enlisted the expertise of the Engineering Design students to dispel the idiom and prove it is possible to fly a lead balloon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 18:17

On Tuesday 28th April 2015, Enrique Garcia, NCC’s newly-appointed Chief Technology Officer attended the Innovate UK “Game-changing technologies for aerospace” Consortia Building Event in London.

The Highly Innovative Technology Enablers for Aerospace (HITEA3) fund is investing up to £10 million in collaborative research and development and feasibility studies to accelerate the commercialisation of highly innovative technologies for civil aerospace.

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 13:56

The NCC will be actively supporting the brokerage event at Nantes, as a High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre.

We would like to invite our Members and non-Member customers to attend the event (or pass on any project interest to the NCC in the event you are unable to attend). The main purpose of the event is to get potential EU partners together, particularly French and British industrial, academic and RTO counterparts.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 13:35

On the 23rd and 24th of April 2015, Dr. Peter Giddings, Mattia Di Francesco and Matt Scott attended the second edition of the International Symposium on Automated Composites Manufacturing in Montreal. Following from the success of the first 2013 edition, the event attracted 140 delegates from all over the world representing industry and academia.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 14:53

Wednesday 23rd saw Nigel Keen from our Business Development team, alongside 30 other delegates, in a lifejacket and looking at a Mersey class lifeboat at the RNLI the training centre in Poole. The Mersey is one of three classes of boat that will be phased out over the next few years.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 16:07

The NCC and specialist wheel manufacturer Dymag Performance Racing Wheels (Dymag) met with Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith to show how carbon composites could be the driving force for high value jobs in the UK. Dymag has been conditionally awarded £7.2 million from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative. They will be working with the NCC to develop and optimise the next generation of carbon composite automotive and motorcycle hubs.

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 14:25

The EDT is delighted to invite the NCC and its partners to the Regional Final of The Year in Industry (YINI) Contribution to the Business Awards on Thursday 16th July 2015 at 2:00pm at the NCC.


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