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."
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
The Brazilian composite sector expects to close 2018 with a turnover of US$ 685 million, a high of 3.8% compared to the previous year.
Web Industries, a precision formatter of flexible materials and an outsource manufacturer, has been awarded associate membership in the prestigious National Composites Centre.