02 October 2012
02 October 2012
Wednesday 19th September saw the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, welcome Atlas Composites Managing Director, Shaun Moloney, and a select group of guests to the official launch of Nottingham Universities new £3.5 million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.
According to Atlas, the centre aims to develop cutting-edge technology in areas including aerospace, automotive, defence, medical, power engineering, textiles and clothing. Partners include Airbus, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
Atlas Composites, who manufacturer composite components for aerospace, satellite communications and unmanned aerial systems, already have close links with the University, they are Advisory Group Board Members for the Aerospace Technology Centre.
With the UK composites industry - driven by growth sectors such as Aerospace - expected to grow by around 8% per annum to 2020, Atlas says the importance of collaborative research with SME’s, such as itself, cannot be understated.
Speaking after formally opening the Institute, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science said. “Nottingham could become home to the great engineers of the future. As set out in the Government’s industrial strategy, it is vital that business benefits from the very best and latest technologies in order to compete in the global marketplace and be a driving force for growth."
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.