National Composites Centre Invests 28 Million Pound to Increase the Capacity of the Centre

December 10 2012

Chancellor George Osborne apprised about an investment of 28m pound to enhance the capabilities and capacity of the National Composites Centre (NCC). The NCC, which is a part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, will invest the money to construct additional facilities adjacent to the existing building. As well as providing increased capacity and a dedicated high speed composite manufacturing technology facility, part of the new building will be utilized to ensure a sustainable future for the Composites Manufacturing skills in the UK workforce by bringing together leading businesses, colleges and Universities at a world-class training facility. The NCC, located near Bristol, opened in November 2011 to meet the needs of industry which is increasingly making use of composite materials which are light, strong and corrosion resistant. The Centre, which is owned by the University of Bristol, has world-class expertise and industrial-scale facilities that are being used to develop the technologies which will result in more fuel efficient land, sea and air vehicles as well as, for example, the next generation of wind and marine renewable energy devices. In his Autumn Statement Speech, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Today we’re confirming almost half a billion pounds for scientific projects, from supercomputing and satellite technology to a world-beating animal health laboratory.” Within that there is 28 million pound to increase the capacity of the National Composite Centre in Bristol, which brings together entrepreneurs and academics to deliver world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composite materials. NCC Chief Executive Peter Chivers said: “I am thrilled by the announcement, which reflects Government’s on-going commitment to High Value Manufacturing and its growth in the UK. Composites, is key to the future of many UK sectors and their endeavors to reduce CO2 emissions. The extended NCC, which will provide for further innovation in multi-sectorial manufacturing and technology development, skills and education, and offering greater support for SME’s and the supply chain, will be fundamental in allowing the UK to remain competitive in this rapidly growing global market. Working with the newly formed UK Composites Leadership Forum, we now has a world-class platform for catalyzing growth.”

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