Bristol & Bath Science Park
Chief Executive: Professor Peter Chivers
Annual Turnover: £22 million
Number of Staff: 250
The National Composites Centre (NCC) is the UK’s leading centre of excellence for innovation in composites technology. The facility provides a collaborative, open-access, research environment, delivering world-class innovation for the design, manufacture and application of composites. The Centre also delivers inspiring courses in an outstanding learning environment, providing essential knowledge and skills to individuals across multiple industry sectors.
Employing over 200 specialist engineers, designers and technicians the Centre enables industry sectors to capitalise on high strength, low weight, and corrosion-resistant qualities of composites materials. The NCC has a broad range of industrial scale technology capability, including pre-preg and dry fibre solutions using thermoset and thermoplastic resin systems. Manufacturing technologies include hand lay-up, robotic fibre placement, resin infusion, through thickness reinforcement, hot drape and press forming, with oven and autoclave curing. The centre houses the largest publicly available short upstroke press in Europe, with High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding (HP RTM) capabilities. Manufacturing capabilities are supported by ultrasonic NDT, CMM and a fully-equipped materials laboratory. These services are available to UK companies on a pay-per-use basis.
The NCC is hosted by the University of Bristol and works closely with EPSRC, CIMComp Future Composites Manufacturing Hub to evolve emerging composite technologies from the laboratory through to commercial maturity.