Thursday 2nd March 2023, CPI, Sedgefield

The UK composites supply chain has clear, economic opportunities in the renewables sector. By designing and manufacturing a new generation of materials and high-value components, rather than importing them, we can both reach UK Government net-zero targets and capture much more of the business value here in the UK.

Key opportunities for the composites supply chain
The UK currently has the world’s largest fleet of offshore turbines, which the Government has committed to increasing four-fold by 2030, and seven-fold by 2050.

Offshore turbines are now nearly 250 metres in diameter and are set to get bigger still and deployed further from shore on floating platforms.

Wave and tidal stream energy combined has the potential to deliver around 20% of the UK’s current electricity needs, with a compelling case by The Hendry Review for ground-breaking tidal lagoon technology to harness the UK’s tidal range resource.

Aim of this event

The event aims to showcase state-of-the-art composite materials and technology being developed in the UK to meet this predicted demand for renewable energy in order to deliver Net Zero targets. It will bring together the supply chain to help build, and strengthen, UK capability.

Why should you get involved?

This event will:

  • Connect all players in the UK renewables supply chain, with a focus on wind energy.
  • Communicate the needs of the key value chain and end market.
  • Showcase the capability of UK supply chain providers to OEMs and key players.


Arrive from 9am for registration.
An optional tour of the CPI facilities will be available with places offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

09:45 – Welcome from Composites UK and CPI


  • 09:55 – Wind Energy Market Overview and Areas of Opportunity for the UK Composites Industry
    Mark Forrest, Blades Research Leader, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
  • 10:10 – Positioning the UK as the Global Centre of Excellence for Composites use in Offshore Wind
    Bridie Evans, Senior Technology Project Lead, National Composites Centre
  • 10:25 – Q&A
  • 10:35 – Exhibitor pitches
  • 10:50 – BREAK


  • 11:05 – Producing Platform Biochemicals that are Carbon-Neutral & Renewable in the UK
    Andy West, Chief Chemist, Bio-Sep Ltd
  • 11:20 – Composite Materials for Marine Renewables – The Importance of Moisture Absorption
    Matt Dawson, Director, Orthotropic Engineering
  • 11:35 – 3M Glass Bubbles – Learn How these Microscopic Spheres of Glass can Reduce Weight, Improve Dimensional Stability, and Reduce Resin usage in Coatings and Solid Polymer Systems
    Darren Hall, Technical Specialist , 3M
  • 11:50 – Structural Composites
    Steve Barbour, Managing Director, Composite Braiding
  • 12:05 – Advances in Pultrusions for Wind Turbine Blades
    Julien Sellier, Managing Director, STRUCTeam
  • 12:20 – Q&A
  • 12:30 -LUNCH


  • 13:45 – Composites UK Perspective
    Malcolm Forsyth, Composites UK
  • 13:50 – KTN Perspective
    Mike Moseley – KTN
  • 14:05 – Empowering the Transition to Low-Impact Solutions for Decommissioned Wind Blades in the UK
    Kyle Pender, Advanced Research Engineer, National Composites Centre
  • 14:20 – Q&A
  • 14:30 – BREAK
  • 14:45 – A Leading Developer’s View on Composites for the Offshore Wind Industry
    Christopher Morris, Senior Offshore Engineer, Mainstream Renewable Power
  • 15:00 – Q&A
  • 15:10 – CLOSE
  • 15:15 – Optional Tour of CPI

Become a Sponsor/Exhibitor

Table-top exhibition space, event sponsor, and smaller sponsorship options are available at this event.

Please click here for the package information





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£180.00 Composites UK Member (inc VAT at 20%)
£372.00 Non-Member Rate (inc VAT at 20%)
£60.00 Speaker Rate (inc VAT at 20%)
£90.00 Student Rate (inc VAT at 20%)