Supporting UK Composites

Flying the British Flag for Composites - the UK Comes Together for Collaborative Stand at JEC Europe

Union Jack along side a plane

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), Composites UK and the National Composites Centre (NCC) are joining forces at the 2015 JEC Composites Show in Paris this March forming a collaborative UK-centric stand (stand C67), which will promote the UK as a driving force in innovation for fibre-reinforced composite materials (FRPs).

UKTI will be showing their innovative 3D Hologram films highlighting the UK’s attractiveness as an investment destination for technology companies.  Attendees will discover first-hand why the UK leads the world when it comes to creative technologies, and advanced materials.  Leading innovators including Ron Dennis of McLaren, and Engineer, Broadcaster and Writer, Mark Miodownik as well as the UK Composites Leadership Forum’s Alison Starr will appear via 3D holograms to discuss their pioneering technologies and the UKs strengths in advanced materials.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to UKTI representatives about their international strategy and export support or examine how they can invest in the UK, partner with UK companies and access the UK’s world leading research base.

Composites UK, the accredited trade association for the UK composites industry, will be showcasing its 200 member companies by putting show attendees in touch with the right UK companies to suit their requirements. Members of Composites UK will also be able to booking meeting space on the stand. Membership enquires are also encouraged over the three-day show period.

Claire Whysall, Communications Manager at Composites UK said, “This collaborative stand is a fantastic opportunity for all three organisations to come together and promote the UK.  Between us we are ideally placed to showcase UK excellence in composites and internationalise our offer.  The show is an opportunity to build connections and do deals, and we are delighted to be working together to support UK companies.  Our stand is designed to showcase the UK as a big player in the composites arena.”

The NCC is set up to support industry in multiple sectors, in technology and process development for composite manufacturing. Visitors will be able to see how the centre can help their businesses with technology and innovation support, training services and collaborative partnership opportunities.

Peter Chivers NCC Chief Executive said, “The NCC uses a combination of emerging science, develops and captures state-of-the-art best practice for use by industry. Our collaborative model for working with industry is extremely powerful. Our expertise and cutting edge facilities combined with our people enables the development of new innovative solutions & technology transfer from one sector to another. This is a very efficient approach that delivers high-value, low-risk solutions very quickly.”

He continued, “A primary area of development for us in the next two to three years will be around high-rate manufacture and automated production of components. One application area will be the automotive sector which is required to reduce fuel consumption and C02 emissions; hence it needs to produce lighter weight vehicles.  By using composites there is an excellent opportunity to achieve cost effective solutions.”

To complement this collaborative stand, this UK partnership is hosting a presentation session on Wednesday 11th March at 4:30pm in the conference area adjacent to stand C67 with the following talks;

  • “UK Composites Industry and Strategy” - Alison Starr, NCC & Chair of Composites Leadership Forum and Prof Peter Chivers, CEO of NCC.
  • “UKTI Support for UK Composites Industry” Dr Faye Smith, Materials Specialist and David Taylor, International Trade Adviser, UK Trade & Investment.

For more information regarding the three organisations visit:

UKTI:    www.gov.uk/ukti
Composites UK:  www.compositesuk.co.uk
NCC:   www.nccuk.com  

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