Supporting UK Composites

Supporting Composites Industry Growth in the West Midlands

Event affiliates: University of Wolverhampton, Lloyds Bank, Marches Growth Hub, Department of International Trade.

Join Composites UK and its event partners at its next regionally focussed event, this time looking at the support available to companies in the West Midlands.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Introduction – Stella Job, Composites UK
10:05 Welcome - Prof. Ian Oakes, University of Wolverhampton
10:10 LEP Activity in the West Midlands - Gill Hamer, Marches LEP
10:25 Composites UK: Supporting growth in the UK supply chain - Stella Job, Composites UK
10:35 Developing composites capability for the automotive sector - Henry Sarel-Cooke, GKN Land Systems (Autostructures)
10:50 A Touch of CLASS: Composites Lightweight Automotive Suspension System - Helena Simmonds, Warwick Manufacturing Group

11:05 Networking & Refreshment break

11:35 Lloyds Bank: Support for Manufacturers - Ciaran Leaden, Lloyds Bank
11:45 Innovation support for small companies in the West Midlands - Prof Andrew Pollard, University of Wolverhampton
11:55 Profiled GRP: A Long Term, Roof and Wall Cladding Solution for Corrosive Environments, Mark Wilcox, Filon Products
12:05 West Midlands Manufacturing Club: Composites Cluster Launch - Nigel Birch, University of Wolverhampton
12:20 Export Opportunities - Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) - Gerald Whitworth, DIT

12.30 Lunch

Optional Afternoon Activties
13:30 - 15:30

  • Tour of the University of Wolverhampton & Formula 3 activities only
  • Composites UK meeting* plus tour of the University of Wolverhampton & Formula 3 activities.
  • Eastern European Trade Mission – one to one meetings between delegates and Eastern European companies set up by DIT looking for UK suppliers to their industry.

*The Composites UK meeting is open to members and non-members wishing to discuss how to make the most of membership to the association in detail.


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