Supporting UK Composites

Marine Sector Showcase

The next Composites UK sector showcase event takes place on 11th October 2017 in Southampton, looking at the use of composite materials in marine applications.

Fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) have been used successfully in marine applications for several decades in areas such as radomes and mass structures, super yachts, work boats and leisure craft. More recently FRPs have been used in less well known applications such as bearings, propellers, commercial hatch covers, exhausts and topside structures. The use of glass-fibre composites (GRP) in marine applications was one of the first significant areas of GRP use. It has revolutionised the capability to design and manufacture large composite structures in several sectors. Vessels are made in the UK by a variety of processes, including hand-lay GRP, resin-infusion, thermoplastics and high performance carbon fibre prepreg for racing yachts.

Draft Programme

09:00    Registration

09:30    Welcome & Housekeeping - Composites UK

What do boatbuilders need from the composites industry?

09:40    Client Presentation - TBA

10:00    Client Presentation - TBA

10:20    British Marine Session

11:00    Break

Standards & Testing

11:25   Recent Changes to the IMO SOLAS Guidelines - Oliver Vardy, Maritime and Coastguard Agency

11:45   The Revision of BS EN ISO 12215 - Speaker TBA

12:00   Modernising Composite Materials Regulations - Robert Stevens, University of Southampton

12:15   Approval Testing of Composite Materials for Marine Applications - Geraint Havard, R-Tech Materials & Mayur Jogia, Lloyds Register

12:30    High Fidelity Non-Destructive Ultrasonic 3D Characterisation of Aerospace, Automotive and Wind Turbine Components - Robert Smith, University of Bristol & BINDT

12:45    Lunch

Cross Sector Working – Learning from other Industries

13:30    Accelerating Marine Innovation through Motorsport - Motorsport Industry Association

14:10    Introduction of Aerospace Composite Design Methods into Marine Industry Applications - Peter Frewer, Frewer Engineering

Advanced Design & Manufacturing

14:25    FIBRESHIP – Engineering Production and Life-Cycle Management for the Complete Construction of Large-Length FIBRE-based SHIPs - Chris Worrall, TWI

14:40    Record – Repair – Recycle – Repeat - Richard Collins, IDTechEx

14:55    Using Automation to Build High Quality Pre-Preg Panels for the Boatbuilding Sector - Geoff Stock, Fibre Mechanics Ltd

15:10    Performance Gains from Adaptive Composite Structures - Stephen Boyd, University of Southampton

15:25    New Opportunities for Marine Composites Fabricators - National Composites Centre

15:40    Close

Table-top exhibition space

**Only 4 spaces remain**

There is space for up to 15 companies to take a table top display stand at this event for a price of £275 + VAT for members, £450 + VAT for non-members. This price includes:

  • 4ft trestle table, one chair, tablecloth, power socket, wifi
  • One free delegate place to watch the event presentations (additional company representatives will need to register at the relevant rate below).
  • Company name and link back to your website on this page.
  • Logo and website link on event emails (sent to 4500 people)
  • Logo printed on event programmes.
  • Access to the contact details of delegates who opt-in to receiving sponsor information in the registration process.

To book, or should you have any questions, please contact

Current Exhibitors:  Argo Engineering Solutions Ltd, Chomarat Textiles Industries, Core6 Composites, Cristex, Hexion UK Ltd, Jo Bird & Company Ltd, Jones Stroud Insulations, P J Hare, Strand7, Tufcot and Wessex Resins and Adhesives.

Additional sponsorship options

If a table-top is not for you there are a few additional sponsorship options. Click here to download the brochure.


Registrations for this event are being taken below.

Composites UK members:    £95 + VAT

Partner organisation members: £125 + VAT*
Enter code on next page:
British Marine members - BMSS17
MIA members - MIASS17

Non-members:             £145 + VAT

Only one booking can be made at a time. For multiple delegates please repeat the process.

* All  discounted bookings will be checked. Those using the discount code who are not eligble will be invoiced £20 (the difference between the partner organisation rate and the full rate) plus an additional £50 admin fee.
Are you a member of Composites UK?If you log in you can book at a price of £95.00 (+ options) for this item.

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