GKN Aerospace, NCC, and Partners Unveil ASCEND

March 15 (2021

GKN Aerospace is leading a new UK industry consortium called ASCEND (Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled Development) to develop and accelerate composite material and process technologies for the next generation of energy efficient aircraft and future mobility.

The GBP 40 million consortiums, funded by a GBP 20 million commitment from industry and a GBP 19.6 million commitment from the UK Government via ATI, will focus on greater adoption of composite technologies, the industrialization of new technologies, as well as accelerating aerospace production rates to meet future high-volume requirements. The collaboration will help develop technologies from across the UK supply-chain to develop the advanced materials and automation equipment required to manufacture lightweight structures for the sustainable air mobility, aerospace and automotive industry.

The consortium will be led from GKN Aerospace’s GBP 32 million Global Technology Centre in Bristol and will support up to 130 jobs through 2023/24. GKN Aerospace will use its long-term experience and in-depth knowledge of composite engineering for integrated airframe structures – throughout the project.


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