Supporting UK Composites

SME Roadshow: North East

Supporting composites industry growth in the UK the next SME Roadshow of 2017, in partnership with the NCC and supported by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, takes place on 28th June covering the North East region.

These events are designed to showcase the financial and business services available in each region, and includes case studies from local companies highlighting how they have used support and/or collaboration to further their products, technology and customer base.


09:15    Registration

09:45    Welcome & Housekeeping

09:50    Introduction to the Materials Processing Institute and R&D expertise relating to industry requirements - Chris McDonald, CEO, Materials Processing Institute

10:00    Composites UK - Supporting the UK Composites Industry - Claire Whysall, Communications Manager, Composites UK

Market drivers, trends and supply chains

10:10    Emerging Opportunities for Composite Materials - Stella Job, Supply Chain and Environment Manager, Composites UK

10:30    International developments in composites and their impact on the UK downstream industry - John Marcantonio, Group Manager, Jacobs

Innovation in composites

10:45    Reducing composites waste using digital manufacture - David Hughes, Senior Lecturer Mechanical Engineering, Teesside University

11:00    Composites joining and inspection technologies - Chris Worrall, Principal Project Leader, TWI

11:15    Break

Applications and benefits

11:35    Composite materials in Automotive - Paul Chapman, General Manager - R&D and Design, Nifco

11:50    Composites materials in Transportation and Construction - John Doyle, Managing Director, Millfield Composites

12:10    Using experience in Steel to provide solutions in GRP Composites - Graham Carson, Technical Sales Manager, Lionweld Kennedy

Business support for SME’s

12:25    The SME Support Programme – From Concept to Commercialisation - Nigel Keen, Business Development Engineer, National Composites Centre

12:45    Business Support for SME’s in Tees Valley - Michael Cratchley, Business Growth Consultant, Tees Valley Business Compass (TBC) | Jonathan Gamblin, International Trade Adviser, DIT

13:00    Innovate Tees Valley - Suhail Aslam, Director, Teesside University

13:15    Lunch and networking

14:00    Close and tour of MPI

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available at this event. Please click here for more details and refer to page 2 for pricing beneath the 'Regional Events' column.


Registration for this event is free of charge and can be booked online below. A £50 admin is fee is applicable to those booking then failing to attend without notice (at least 72 hours before the event, contact You may send a colleague in your place but again please let us know 72 hours before the event.

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