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Composites UK Unveils 2017 Industry Award Winners

07 November 2017

On 1 November Composites UK revealed the winners of its 2017 Composites Industry Awards at a dinner held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

The event, which takes place alongside the Advanced Engineering show, saw 250 people from around the world gather to celebrate the innovations of the UK composites industry and the people behind them. Guests included McLaren, GKN Aerospace, Pentaxia, Safran Nacelles, FRIMO, R-Tech Materials, Aro PR and Marketing and Sigmatex. A keynote speech from Iain Bomphray of Williams Advanced Engineering challenged the UK composites industry to strive to be world-class with the opportunity of significant growth predicted across all sectors.

Ten awards were given out on the evening. The winners were:

  • Trainee/Apprentice of the Year (Sponsored by Dark Matter Composites) – Thomas Rockwood, Sigmatex;
  • Employee of the Year (Sponsored by NetComposites) – Stephen Dyer, Safran;
  • Employer of the Year (Sponsored by Colorplas) – MHI Vestas Offshore;
  • Environmental/Sustainability Award (Sponsored by Briar Associates) – Sigmatex;
  • Health and Safety Award (Sponsored by Towergate Insurance) – Hexion;
  • Innovation in Composite Manufacture (Sponsored by Axillium) – Cygnet Texkimp;
  • Innovation in Composite Design (Sponsored by Advanced Engineering show) – Joint winners Cape and Lentus Composites;
  • Innovation in Composite Materials (Sponsored by National Composites Centre) – Fiba Tech Industries;
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry – Ian Chatting.

An in-depth focus of all the award winning entries will be available over the next month on the Composites UK website.

The next Composites UK awards dinner will take place on 31 October 2018.

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