3 November 2014

National Composites Centre Grand Opening

Dr Vince Cable opens the centre

Delegates from SPECIFIC and the Materials Academy were invited to attend the opening of Phase II of the National Composites Centre (NCC) based in Bristol and Bath Science Park. The centre is one of seven research and technology centre in the UK which form the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult. The HVM Catapult provides companies with access to world class equipment, production line upscaling facilities and helps them find academic partners to match any gaps in knowledge they may have. The companies aided are then better equipped to develop new manufacturing technologies and processes.

Selected members of the NCC had stands demonstrating their products and were available to talk about the technologies on show. There were several addresses including the CEO, Professor Peter Chivers and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Nishan Canagarajah. Dr Vince Cable then said a few words about the importance of industry and manufacturing in the UK before officially opening the centre.

Tours were available in the afternoon to view the facility. The NCC boasts an impressive array of scale up and production equipment and lab facilities that are used by industry partners and other companies. The NCC are concerned with the development of advanced composites for a range of applications in a range of industrial sectors. Aerospace, automotive and sub-sea are currently dominating the research portfolio.

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