Composites UK is preparing some exciting events, projects and initiatives that will come to fruition in 2019.
To close last year the Association welcomed five new member companies from across the supply chain: GKN Aerospace, TWI Limited, Marine Concepts, COMSOL Ltd and SureGRP UK Ltd. Several more applications are currently in process, ready to join the other 360-member companies, signalling continued growth for the UK composites industry and confidence in Composites UK as the voice of its members.
To help deliver an exceptional level of service, the Association will be strengthening the team this year by recruiting new members of staff, starting with a Membership and Events Officer to help with improved member engagement and support of our networking activities.
The 2019 events calendar has now been finalised with at least one event in every month on varying topics which include a site visit to UK Flowtechnik, seminars on Composites Industry 4.0, Tooling and Thermoplastic Composites, showcases on Non-Destructive Evaluation, Rail and Automotive with more to be announced. Composites UK will continue to be a proud headline industry partner of the Advanced Engineering Show taking place in October, with which the annual Composites UK Awards Dinner will coincide. The early-bird booking rates for this are now available.
More and more exhibitions are recognising the growth and opportunities within the composites industry. MACH, for example, saw thousands of requests on its last event’s feedback form to see the composites supply chain better represented at the show. In addition to Advanced Engineering where our members receive a 15% discount on their exhibition stand costs, 2019 will see Composites UK partner with Subcon, Seawork, Materials World, Composites Europe and JEC Asia, with preparations also being made to support MACH 2020.
20 of our member companies will be joining the UK Pavilion at the JEC World Show (12 – 14 March 2019, Paris) on which the Association is delighted to be working with the Department for International Trade, National Composites Centre and Welsh Government, flying the flag for UK composites on an international stage.
Away from events, the Association is teaming up with BSI and the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) Regs Codes and Standards Group to look at where there are gaps in standards and codes for composites across all sectors. This will feed into the overarching strategy for standards revision and development. Watch out for an invitation to support this work.
A workshop in early January brought together an excellent group of people to develop a new vision and roadmap to 2040 for sustainable composites. Following this, the Association is working with the Knowledge Transfer Network, which is holding a collaboration building workshop on 26th March, as a step forward to creating an action plan for a more sustainable future for composites.
Composites UK is also about to start some work through the CLF with the construction sector to map out where the industry is and where the opportunities lie - this will then develop into an action plan for how this is achieved. Work with HSE through the SiMPLC initiative will continue and the Association is in the process of gathering accident stats for the industry, enabling the focus of Association activities to better support the sector going forward.
At the time of writing, the story around Brexit is still unclear but Composites UK is in discussion with several Government departments on behalf of its members and the wider industry to ensure that whatever the outcome, the views of the sector are considered at all stages of the negotiation. Members can keep an eye on the Brexit page of the Member Resources section of the website for any updates.