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Key developments from the Composites Innovation Cluster programme of projects are being showcased at the Composites UK Industry conference at the National Composites Centre in Bristol on 13 – 14 May 2014.
According to Composites UK, Peter Chivers, NCC’s Chief Executive, will be discussing the various funding support that is available in the UK to support the supply chain for technology, skills and training development. In addition, Far-UK will be discussing how an AMSCI loan enabled it to set up their new manufacturing facility as part of the Composites Innovation Cluster project work.
Composites UK explains EPL Composite Solutions will showcase the work it has been evolving through the Lowpro and Ecoprocess projects, looking at developing efficient cost-effective processes and materials for thermoplastic composite applications across a variety of end sectors. In addition, Altair UK will present some of the work done under the Datacomp project which aims to develop a material database to facilitate the use of established virtual prototyping methodologies for composite product development.
Several projects within the programme focus on the importance of planning for the future, which, Composites UK say will make sure new applications are planned for in terms of technology and skills and in doing so will put the UK one step ahead of overseas competitors. With this in mind, partners from within the Composites Innovation Cluster (Royal Holloway University of London and Shakespeare Services) will be talking about strengthening the UK supply chain through planning as well as developing the UK workforce.
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