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National Composite Centre

Feynman Way Central, Bristol & Bath Science Park, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7FS
+44 (0) 117 370 7600

About us

The NCC's mission is 'To be an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation.'


Context

In November 2009 the Government launched the UK Composites Strategy. This highlights the importance of composites to the future of UK manufacturing and the Government's plans for ensuring that the UK has the means to succeed in intensely competitive global markets.

A key part of this strategy is the establishment of the National Composites Centre (NCC), which will bring together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. The combination of academic and business strengths will speed progress from laboratory to design to factory and into products

Key Objectives

  • • Provide manufacturing facilities at an industrial scale and rapid manufacturing processes capable of building prototypes to validate design concepts
  • • Be the hub of the UK's effort to develop and implement rapid composite manufacturing technologies and systems.
  • • Lead the co-ordination of a strengthened network of regional centres of composites excellence
  • • Provide direction and focus for fundamental research and collaborative links with UK universities
  • • Help to develop and co-ordinate training to support the skills base necessary for applying advanced and specialist composite technologies

We offer

The NCC is dedicated to helping business develop new and better composite products. It is equipped with some of the most sophisticated design, manufacturing and testing facilities in the world. More importantly, it has highly skilled staff with experience in the design and use of composite materials in sectors including automotive, aerospace, marine, wind & tidal energy and consumer products. Membership Companies from any sector that would like to participate in the NCC research and technology programmes are invited to join the NCC. 

Membership opportunities exist for small, medium and large companies wishing to develop new technologies, learn about existing technologies or see new materials, tooling or design services implemented at an industrial scale. Please take a look at the Membership page for more information. 

Chargeable Services:
Organisations do not have to be members to use the NCC and can make use of the centre by means of 
• Consultation in the areas of design, simulation, materials, manufacturing/processing 
• Access to a wide range of equipment on a pay by the hour basis (please contact info@nccuk.com for a price list) 

Free Consultations 
The NCC offers free 1 or 2 hour consultations enabling companies to discuss composite related projects with an experienced member of staff. This can be at the NCC, by telephone, or subject to certain conditions, as part of a visit by NCC staff to a company’s premises. SW SME Business Assist 

The NCC is a not-for-profit organisation which has attracted significant public and private funding to help companies develop innovative products and cost-effective ways of making them. We understand the struggle SMEs may experience in such an actively emerging industry and offer the chance for southwest-based SMEs to benefit from up to 12 hours of free assistance to explore this domain. For more information, go to the SME Opportunities page. 

SW SME Business Assist

The NCC is a not-for-profit organisation which has attracted significant public and private funding to help companies develop innovative products and cost-effective ways of making them. We understand the struggle SMEs may experience in such an actively emerging industry and offer the chance for southwest-based SMEs to benefit from up to 12 hours of free assistance to explore this domain. For more information, go to the SME Funding Opportunities page.


Funding Opportunities 
As a result of support from the European Regional Development Fund and High Value Manufacturing Catapult, as well as Technology Strategy Board programmes, there are a number of funding opportunities for companies. Please take a look at the Funding Opportunities and SME Opportunities pages for more details. 

The NCC can also direct enquiries to other organisations including: 
• Universities involved in composites research 
• Other High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres (with specialisms in areas such as machining, forging, assembly, light weighting and process engineering) 
• The Manufacturing Advisory Service (all aspects of manufacturing advice) 
• UK Trade and Investment (export and inward investment support).

We support

  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • Technology
  • Networks
  • Skills
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset

Benefits

For a list of all the equipment available at the NCC, please see our capabilities page.

The facilities comprise the following:

  • • 5,500m2 Workshop space
  • • Dedicated composite research areas
  • •Open-plan offices, meeting rooms and teaching facilities


Equipped for:

  • • Optimised-design
  • • Analysis
  • • Rapid and high-rate manufacture
  • •Lay-up, moulding, curing, machining, NDT
  • • Material developments
  • • Preform technologies
  • • Processing Technologies
  • • Validation
  • • Post processing, environmental and in-service issues


Enabling:

  • • Open innovation environment enabling Knowledge and Technology Transfer across industry sectors
  • • Cost effective access to centre facilities for collaborative or private work
  • • Co-location of member specific equipment for trials & demonstration
  • • Collaborative research (supply chain and cross sectorial partnerships)
  • • With geared funding via collaborative programmes
  • • Influence on Government policy and funding agenda
  • • Strong links with universities for TRL 1-3 research
  • • Strong links to composites user primes
  • • Exposure to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
  • • Technical support, consultancy and advice
  • • Access to workshop equipment, hot desks, meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • • Open or restricted access work space.

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