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Composites Innovation Cluster to Welcome Wider Composites Community at Open Forum

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After the success of its 2015 event, the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) is hosting another opportunity for the wider composites community to engage with its activity. The event will showcase the ground-breaking technologies the partner companies have developed as the programme nears the end of its third and final year.  

Each quarter the CiC holds a one-day Programme Steering Group (PSG) meeting which is typically a closed consortium, however the April 2016 event will be an open forum and is a rare opportunity for companies outside of the Cluster to engage with the partners and their projects.

To celebrate, the April meeting will be a larger, two-day event covering the 17 projects within the programme in detail. It sees the CiC team up with the University of Derby and Hexagon Metrology as well as OEM/Tier 1 companies who will present the specifications that they work to, showing delegates how they can position their company’s products or services in a way that will assist them effectively. This will be facilitated further via a workshop session hosted by Axillium Research on how to respond to OEM challenges and opportunities on day two.

Complementing the event will be a series of table-top exhibition displays from partner companies where attendees will see demonstrator parts, new materials and learn more about partner capabilities through one-to-one discussions.

Michael Moor, Technology Development Engineer at Meggitt Polymers and Composites said, “As a member of the Cluster it is important for us to have the opportunity to disseminate the technology we have created – not only to CiC partners but to the wider industry as well so that we can form partnerships and commercialise on this. The enthusiasm shown towards all projects from delegates at the previous open forum in April 2015 led to several potential collaborations and opportunities – which was a great result. This next event will be particularly important for us as lead partners of LiRIC – the project will have come to a close by the event and we’ll be presenting its final outcomes.”

Whilst LiRIC looked at the liquid resin infusion of high temperature composites, Cranfield University will be presenting PROSEL – another of the programme’s projects that will have completed by April – which has developed a software tool for composite component design and manufacturing which provides recommendation of materials and process selection, as well as design and manufacturing guidelines, depending on product application and requirement specifications.

There will also be presentations surrounding the funding of two new CiC projects – Geneos and ThermoCARB.

The event takes place on 26th and 27th April at Derby Enterprise Centre (Derby, UK). Pre-registration is essential but is free-of-charge and delegates can register for just one, or both days. The full programme and registration information can be found on the Cluster’s website – www.the-cic.org.uk.

The CiC is supported by the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).

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