The 2022 Composites UK annual conference looks at where the industry is right now, and what you can do to futureproof your business.


09:30 – Welcome

  • Welcome – David Bailey, CEO, Composites UK & Alan Banks, Ford Motor Company & Chairman of Composites UK

09:40 – The UK Composites Sector in Numbers

  • The UK Composites Market in Numbers – David Bailey, Composites UK
  • The Technology Opportunity – Enrique Garcia, National Composites Centre
  • The Workforce Challenge – Matt Bradney, Composites UK’s Workforce Development Group Chair & Prodrive
  • Q&A session

11:00 – BREAK

11:30 – Sector Challenges and Opportunities

  • Strategic Direction – Craig Carr, Composites Leadership Forum Chair and GKN Aerospace
  • Aerospace – Jahan Ali, Spirit Aerosystems
  • Automotive – Alan Banks, Ford Motor Company
  • Construction – Matt Hocking, National Composites Centre
  • Q&A session followed by exhibitor pitches

13:00 – LUNCH

14:00 – Futureproofing Your Business: Net Zero

  • Meeting the Twin Challenges of Net-Zero and Circularity – Malcolm Forsyth, Composites UK
  • Making More Out of Carbon – Gary Owen & Lourens Blok – Lineat Composites
  • Delivering a Materials and Processing Roadmap towards Net Zero – Steve Barbour, Composite Braiding
  • Q&A session

Futureproofing Your Business: Digitalisation

  • Why Manually Trim when a Robot Can Do It? –  Philippa Glover, CNC Robotics
  • Improving Data to Improve Efficiency and Save Money – Jamie Snudden, Airborne Composites
  • Q&A session

16:00 – CLOSE


This event is sponsored by the Advanced Engineering Show, the UK’s leading annual gathering of OEMs and engineering and manufacturing supply chain professionals, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 2 – 3 November 2022.

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor

Table-top exhibition space, event sponsor, and smaller sponsorship options are available at this event. For more details, download the 2022 event sponsorship information.

Need Accommodation?

As one of our delegates you can book a room at the venue – The Mercure Bristol North The Grange – for the evening of Tuesday 28th June, priced at £119 including breakfast. Call 01454 771423, then press for options 3 then 1 to get through to the meeting department. Quote reference number 164713. A credit card is needed to reserve a room, pay on arrival.

Availability and pricing cannot be guaranteed to anyone booking accommodation after 14th June. However, Mercure will offer 10% off the best rate for what is available.

Pre-Conference Dinner

We’re hosting a smart/casual pre-conference networking dinner at the same venue – Mercure Bristol North hotel – on the evening before the annual conference (28th June). To join us you will need to make an additional registration for this.


  • Composites UK Members: £150 + VAT
  • Non-Members: £310 + VAT
  • Students: £75 + VAT

The joining information will be sent out manually by Composites UK prior to the event.

You can book for this event, and/or the pre-conference dinner, here.

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