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Marine-i Highlights Exciting Future for Composite Materials

03 April 2018

Marine-i Highlights Exciting Future for Composite Materials

The next Marine-i Discovery Room event will shine a spotlight on composite materials and the vital role they will play in the marine industry in future.

The event, titled Composite Materials – Sector Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation, takes place on 30 April at St Austell Business Park Conference Centre, UK.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for marine technology businesses operating in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the UK. Its Discovery Room events bring together the latest thinking on a specific theme of marine technology and highlight the implications for marine technology businesses.

“Recent advances in manufacturing methods have seen the advent of a new generation of composite materials, such as new thermoplastics, carbon fibre-based composites and even ‘self-healing’ composites," says Alex Whatley, Knowledge Exchange Manager at the University of Plymouth, the lead organiser for this event. "Delegates attending our event will be briefed on the key leading-edge innovations and explore how these can lead to important commercial applications across the marine industry.”

Composite Integration, which is based in Saltash, will be one of the speakers at the event.

“Composite moulding technology is able to deliver in line with important global trends in the marine industry," says the company's Director, Stephen Leonard-Williams. "As composite materials can be lightweight and durable, they score very highly on efficiency measures.”

The event will also explore ‘end of life’ reuse and recycling challenges and will feature speakers from the National Composite Centre, Multimarine Manufacturing and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3 million collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.


Photo provided by Composite Integration




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