The following organisations help to deliver the UK composites strategy.
The British Composites Society
The British Composites Society aims to provide a single authoritative voice for individuals practising science and engineering within the composites field. It strives to create a community of professionals with a mutual interest in composite materials.
High Value Manufacturing Catapult
The Catapult centres are a network of world-leading centres designed to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and help drive future economic growth.
They are a series of physical centres where the very best of the UK’s businesses, scientists and engineers work side by side on late-stage research and development – transforming high potential ideas into new products and services to generate economic growth.
The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub was launched in January 2017 and is a £10.3m investment to expand the national research effort towards delivering a step change in the production of polymer matrix composites, whilst training the next generation of composite engineers. The Hub is led by the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol and initially included 4 other Spokes: Imperial College London, Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Southampton. Three new academic partners joined the Hub in October 2017 following the first call for Feasibility Study proposals: the University of Cambridge, The University of Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow.
Composites UK is the trade association for companies working in the UK’s fibre-reinforced polymer composite supply chain. Its focus is to encourage and promote its 350+ member companies through furthering knowledge, lobbying government via the Composites Leadership Forum, facilitating networking and supporting industry growth.
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.
KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries.
KTN is a network partner of Innovate UK
National Composites Centre
In November 2009 the Government launched the UK Composites Strategy. This highlighted the importance of composites to the future of UK manufacturing and the Government’s plans for ensuring that the UK has the means to succeed in intensely competitive global markets.
A key part of this strategy was the establishment of the National Composites Centre (NCC), which brings together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products. The combination of academic and business strengths speeds up the progress from laboratory to design to factory and into products.