Supporting UK Composites

Sustainability Sub-Group


Sustainability sub-group Chair: Steven Brown, Scott Bader

Fibre reinforced polymer composites can improve environmental impact in many cases by reducing weight and increasing durability. Making composites better, faster and cheaper, so breaching new markets, is the primary way our industry can have a positive environmental impact. However, there are challenges to overcome to improve recycling / disposal methods and supply chains; to incorporate more bio-based materials; to understand the impact of the products we produce both to the factory gate and through life; to include environmental impact at design stage; to spread good practice in resource and energy efficiency and structure business models to promote this.

The Sustainability Sub-Group works to overcome these challenges, progress and promote good practice and disseminate new developments. We work with other relevant organisations to accelerate progress and reduce duplication.

The Sustainability Sub-Group, with the Composites Leadership Forum Sustainability Working Group, held a workshop in January 2019 to develop a Vision and Roadmap for Sustainable Composites

Membership involves:

  • An invitation to a bi-annual Sustainability Working Group meeting, with the option of active involvement in a working group to progress an area of sustainable composites relevant to you.
  • One free delegate place from your organisation at the annual sustainability face-to-face event (November) and one free place at a selected sustainability focussed webinar per year - the latter will be highlighted in a note to the SSG. Further delegates from your organisation can register at the usual Composites UK member rate. 

Joining Fee: £150 + VAT per annum. (see below)

Current Sub-Group Members

  • 1 Degree - 11th hour Racing Team
  • Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
  • Ansys Granta 
  • B&M Longworth
  • Base Materials
  • Cecence
  • Composite Braiding Ltd
  • Cubis Systems Ltd
  • Cygnet Texkimp
  • Engenuity
  • FAC Technology
  • Filon Products Ltd
  • GE Aviation Systems Ltd
  • Gen 2 Carbon*
  • GKN Aerospace*
  • Gurit (UK) Ltd
  • National Composites Centre (NCC)
  • Pentaxia Ltd*
  • Prodrive Composites Ltd*
  • Reactive Components Ltd
  • RECOUP (Recycling of Used Plastics Ltd)
  • Scott Bader Company Ltd
  • Sigmatex (UK) Ltd*
  • SHD Composite Materials
  • Solvay Composite Materials
  • Swansea University
  • Teledyne CML Composites*
  • Thriv3
  • V-Carbon UK Ltd
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Warwick Manufacturing Group
  • Wessex Resins & Adhesives Ltd

How to Join

You must be a member of Composites UK to join this sub-group. Click here for details on how to join.

If you are already a member of Composites UK, please contact the office to join the sub-group. The fee will be charged on a pro-rata basis (e.g. if your renewal is due in 6 months time you will be invoiced £75 + VAT to join, then the full £150 at the time of your renewal).

* Members of Composites UK who are also part of the climate change levy exemption scheme are offered complimentary membership. 



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