The National Composites Centre (NCC) is the UK’s world-leading composite research and development facility; where innovators come when they need to make things lighter, stronger, smarter and more sustainable. Its key focus areas are Composites, Digital Engineering, Hydrogen and Sustainability. With access to ‘beyond’ state-of-the-art technology and the best composites engineering capabilities in the world, the NCC collaborates with customers to solve the most complex engineering challenges of our time.
Part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, the NCC works across all manufacturing sectors and has forged strong links with aerospace, energy, defence, space, construction, infrastructure, auto, rail, marine and biomedical. It works with organisations across the board from micro enterprises and SMEs to disrupters, the supply chain and OEMs, providing businesses with a de-risked environment to design, develop, test and scale their ideas and get them to market fast.
In GREEN-LOOP the National Composites Centre is playing a leading role, developing novel bio-composite materials processing technologies and associated sustainable design and circularity frameworks, with a focus on how these can be applied in the construction and infrastructure and machinery parts sectors.
The key research areas include developing eco-designs, upscaling bio-composite material production, demonstrating industrial scale manufacture and end of life circularity. The NCC team will also explore technology translation and exploitation of these materials and manufacturing technologies in other industry sectors.