Supporting UK Composites

Regional Event: London and South East

This event from Composites UK is organised in partnership with the National Composites Centre and hosted by Queen Mary University of London. It is designed to showcase innovations, opportunities for fibre-reinforced composites and business support available to companies in this region.

Giving the OEMs perspective at this event will be Robert Dean of Network Rail presenting "Opportunities and Challenges for the Composites Supply Chain in the Rail Sector".

Draft Programme

09:30    Registration
10:00    Welcome & Housekeeping - James Busfield, Professor of Materials, QMUL
10:05    Composites UK: Supporting the UK Composites Industry - Composites UK
10:20    The SME Programme – From Concept to Commercialisation - Nigel Keen, National Composites Centre (TBC)
10:40    Department for International Trade – Services & Support for London and the South East - David Taylor, DIT
10:55    Business Growth Hub - Wedad Kurukgy, UK Export Finance
11:05    R&D Tax Credits & Patent Box - Claiming What You’re Due - Sachin Chauhan, GovGrant
11:20    Supply Chain Funding, Early Payment and Import/Export Finance - URICA (TBC)

11:35    Break

11:55    An OEM’s Perspective: Opportunities and Challenges for the Composites Supply Chain in the Rail Sector – Robert Dean, Network Rail
12:15    Case study 1 - Multifunctional polymer nanocomposites - Emiliano Bilotti, QMUL
12:35    Case study 2 – Working from the nano to the macro scale to develop durable composite panels for airline freight containers and pallets - Alexander Fergusson, FAC Technology
12:50    Advanced Composites Structures Analysis & Design Overview – Peter Frewer, Frewer Engineering
13:05    Lunch and close
13:45    Tour of QMUL

Sponsorship & Exhibition

Sponsorship and table-top exhibition spaces are available at this event. Table tops are £150 + VAT for Composites UK and NCC members, £275 + VAT for non members - contact Claire to book. This price includes two delegate places. For the rest of the sponsorship opportunities click here for the brochure - prices are on page 2 under 'regional events'.

Current Exhibitors


Tours will be available on the day and last approximately 1 hour. Please express your interest when registering. Tours will include:

  • Nanoforce Technology Limited – A bridge between Academia and Industry
    • Nanoforce consists of a team of experienced professionals specialising in high performance ceramics, advanced polymer composites, process modelling and materials characterisation. Each customer’s particular application is supported by our well-equipped facilities and we provide unique solutions for a wide range of topics including:

      • High-performance ceramics processing

      • Synthesis and processing of materials in strong magnetic fields

      • Advanced polymers and composites processing

      • Computational modelling

      • Materials characterisation: Mechanical and chemical testing, thermal analysis, conductivity measurement and spectroscopic analysis

      • More information at

  • NanoVision Centre
    • The NanoVision Centre builds on QMUL's reputation for high quality interdisciplinary research, bringing together leading scientists and advanced technologies to support research across the institution. The Centre incorporates the UK’s first ultra high resolution 3D Environmental SEM (3D ESEM), allowing 3D imaging of soft matter, such as cell tissue, with nanoscale resolution.  Incorporated within this microscope is the UK’s first WetSTEM detector, allowing thin sections to be viewed in transmission while maintaining the sample in a hydrated state.
    • More information at


Registration can be made using the online booking link below*. If you would like to go on the tour of QMUL please select this option from the pull down list.

Composites UK members: £30 + VAT (login first to reveal this rate. Contact us with any difficulties.)
National Composites Centre members: £30 + VAT (use code NNCREL17 at checkout)
Non-members: £60 + VAT
Students: £30 + VAT (contact us for a discount code)

*Note: Only one booking can be made at a time. If you wish to book for more than one delegate please repeat the process, entering the attendee's name and contact information on the booking form when prompted.

Are you a member of Composites UK?If you log in you can book at a price of £30.00 (+ options) for this item.

Prices exclude VAT which will be added at checkout.
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