Supporting UK Composites

Tooling for Composites

Tooling is a fundamental element of delivering composite components to the market that do the job and meet increasing quality, cost and volume requirements.  Whether you are in aerospace, automotive or building a rotor blade for a wind turbine the cost and complexities of tooling can significantly impact your competitiveness and profitability.

This event, hosted by BAE Systems in Samlesbury, Lancashire, will bring together Tier 1 and 2 suppliers along with tooling manufacturers to explore the issues and opportunities within tooling and aims to support the UK industry in developing the supply chain and improving our competitive position.

We aim to look at all elements of tooling from specification through to design, prototyping, manufacture and full production. Focus groups will be driven by feedback during the day with the aim of bringing together companies to work on specific opportunities along with seeking appropriate funding support.

The event seeks to develop ideas and identify areas in need of collaborative working and funding support.

Topics for discussion

  • Tooling design and CAE
  • Efficient prototyping
  • Additive layer manufacturing in prototyping and tooling
  • Low vs high volume applications
  • Release agents

Who should attend?

  • Management / engineering staff in composite components manufacturers
  • Management / engineering / design staff of tooling companies
  • People working in CAE within the tooling sector
  • Further and higher education establishments currently researching tooling
  • Anyone with an interest in tooling within the composites sector

TBC: Tour of BAE Systems’ ASK Facility will be incorporated into the day.

Call for abstracts

If you would like to present at this event please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words here by Friday 14th February. If accepted, speakers will be asked to pay a £50 registration fee towards administration and catering costs.

Exhibition space

Limited table-top exhibition space is available at this event. We invite you to express your interest in a space by contacting us. We will let you know if you have been successful the week beginning 17th February. If successful prices will be £350 + VAT for members and £560 + VAT for non-members. Price includes one delegate place.


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