Largest ever UK Government R&D investment will make UK composites world leader

  • £36.7m investment for National Composites Centre

  • Lead funders include ATI, Local Enterprise Partnership and High Value Manufacturing Catapult
  • Major boost to UK aerospace, automotive and construction sectors

The National Composites Centre, a world-renowned focal point for innovation and excellence, hosting over 300 specialist researchers, engineers and innovators, today announced a major new research and development (R&D) investment programme that will help define the future of composites.

£36.7m is being invested in 10 new technologies, tailor-made to the NCC’s specifications, in order to push the state of the art and speed the development of new processes for all forms of composite manufacturing.  Funded, in part, by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the iCAP programme will bring composites into the digital age, increasing production rates and quality while improving efficiency and reducing cost (iCAP stands for Digital Capability Acquisition Programme).

NCC partners, in sectors ranging from aerospace and transport to construction and FMCG, will gain access to next generation technology and be able to test new techniques alongside the NCC’s expert team. The ultimate aim of the programme is to help companies boost productivity and secure the UK’s position at the forefront of high value manufacturing.


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