Composites Engineering


Conference Program - Composites Engineering Forum

The rise of composite materials continues across an ever-increasing number of applications. The advances provided by composite materials within automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, construction and oil and gas, to name just a few, are revolutionising businesses and benefiting millions of people. With the industry showing no signs of slowing down, the Composites Engineering show has already established itself as one of the world’s most important composite raw material, design, processing and applications events.

Please note, as with all live events, the conference programme is subject to change.

Composites engineering

DAY 1 - Wednesday 31 October 2018

EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, hosted by Gemma Smith, Director, Fluency Marketing

10:00 - 10:10



10:10 - 10:20



10:20 - 10:30



10:30 - 10:35



10:35 - 10:40



10:40 - 10:45



10:45 - 10:50



10:50 - 11:00



Overview of the EPSRC Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Professor Nick Warrior, Director, University of Nottingham


Automated fibre placement – what are the challenges

Professor Kevin Potter, Deputy Director, University of Bristol


The feasibility of layer by layer curing

Dr Alex Skordos, Senior Lecturer, University of Cranfield


New manufacturing techniques for optimised 3D multiaxial orthogonal preforms

Dr Vivek Koncherry, Research Associate, University of Manchester


Composites optimised for rapid production of aerospace components

Gabriele Voto, IDC Research Engineer, Hexcel and Cranfield University


Multimaterial hybrid microbraids

Caroline O'Keeffe, Hub PhD Researcher, University of Bristol


Recent advances in human: robot collaborative composites manufacturing

Dr Michael Elkington, Research Associate, University of Bristol


The value of fundamental research - an industy perspective

Guy Atkins, Managing Director, Jo Bird & Co Ltd

Innovation in composites manufacturing, hosted by Mike Richardson, Editor, Composites in Manufacturing

 11:00 - 11:15



11:15 - 11:30



11:30 - 11:45



11:45 - 12:00



In-mold process analytics - the next step for intelligent and robust composite manufacturing

Dr Alexander Chaloupka, Manager Business Field Process Analytics, NETZSCH Analyzing & Testing


Single stage overmoulding of thermoplastic composites

Peter Quigley, Engineering Manager, CCP Gransden



Dennis Crowley, Technology Lead-LayupRITE, University of Bristol


Heating of Composites using humm3 Technology

Dr David Williams, Composites Consultant, Heraeus Noblelight

KEYNOTE, hosted by Alex Aucken, Chairman, Composites Leadership Forum

12:00 - 12:30


Where are we with the UK composites strategy

Alex Aucken, Chairman, Composites Leadership Forum

Delivering the UK Composites Strategy, hosted by Alex Aucken, Chairman, Composites Leadership Forum

12:30 - 12:45



12:45 - 13:00



13:00 - 13:15



Progressing the UKs industrial strategy

Paul Glossop, Senior Policy Officer - Innovation, Metals and Advanced Materials, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Supporting growth and demand

Chris Taylor, Chairman, Composites UK


Sourcing your workforce now and in the future

Lucas Morgan, Chief Engineer, Forward Composites Ltd

Composites for infrastructure, hosted by Neil Appleton, Market Development- Construction, National Composites Centre

13:30 - 13:45



13:45 - 14:00



14:00 - 14:15



14:15 - 14:30



Further opportunities for composites in railway structures

Rob Dean, Principal Engineer (Structures), Network Rail


Guidance for FRP Bridge Design

James Henderson, Technical Authority for Composites in Construction, Atkins Ltd/ SNC Lavalin


Modular building system for the future

Charlie Hall, Managing Director, C6(n) Technology Ltd


Manufacturing Blackfriars Canopies

James Bottoms, Engineering Manager, Norco

UK Industry Innovation Awards, hosted by Chris Taylor, Chairman, Composites UK

14:30 - 15:30


Future composite data highways

Dr Jasmin Stein, Senior Project Leader (Composites), TWI Ltd


Lightweight Composite Suspension Design and Manufacture for Ford

David Vickerman, Business Development Manager, GRM Consulting


Innovating composite tooling through the use of applied AI

Martin Oughton, Mouldbox


How to improve user safety through the use of lower toxicity, UV detectable epoxy lamination systems

Paul Spencer, Product Development Manager, Gurit


GC Shield - the lightweight protective composite armour product

Dr Steven Devine, CTO, Graphene Composites Ltd

15:30 - 16:00

KTN - Launch of materials for composites special interest group

Steve Fletcher, Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology, KTN Ltd

Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager- Advanced Composites, KTN Ltd

16:00 - 16:30

Cold Spray of advanced materials: Metal Matrix Composites case study

Professor Rocco Lupoi, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin

DAY 2 - Thursday 1 November 2018

Opportunites in Renewable Energy, hosted by Stella Job, Supply chain and Environment Manager, Composites UK

 10:00 - 10:15




10:15 - 10:30




10:30- 10:45




10:45 - 11:00




Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities

Peter Clusky, Senior Supply Chain Development Manager, Ørsted



Composites in subsea applications

Jamie Snudden, Project Engineer, AEL Airborne



Manufacture of Large Structures by Direct Infusion

Will Harris, Busines Development Engineer, Composite Integration



End of life options for large blade structures

Stella Job, Environment Manager, Composites UK

Composites 4.0, hosted by Alison Starr, Executive Director - Strategy & Business Development, NCC

11:00 - 11:15



11:15 - 11:30



11:30 - 11:45



11:45 - 12:00


The Industrial IoT Journey to the Connected Factory

Clive Chitiz, VP Operations, EMEA, Plataine


Embedding Electronics & Sensing Functionality into Composite Materials

Steve Bagshaw, Business Development Manager, CPI


3D printed sacrificial tooling for complex composite part fabrication

Graeme Bond, CEO, FDM Digital Solutions


Industrialised and digital manufacturing of Thermoplastic Composites

Joe Summers, Managing Director, AEL Airborne


12:00 - 12:30


Global Outlook for Composites

Nigel O'Dea, Business Development Manager - Europe, Chemicals & Composites, Lucintel

Competing in the Global market, hosted by Dr Faye Smith, Vice-Chair, Composites UK

12:30 - 12:45




12:45 - 13:00




13:00 - 13:30



Composites beyond Brexit

Neil Witney, EU Exit stakeholder engagement, Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


UK Government Support for International Trade

David Taylor, International Trade Advisor, Dept  for International Trade


Leveraging innovation funding to grow your business

Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Advanced Composites, KTN Ltd

Composites in Rail Rolling Stock, hosted by Paul Gallen, Automotive Sector Manager, NCC


13:30 - 13:45



13:45 - 14:00



14:15 - 14:30



Driving innovation with the bio-composite door leaf

Francis Arthur, Research and Development Manager, TRB Lightweight Structures



The advantages of SMC components for rail rolling stock

Colin Hassard, Sales & Marketing Manager, Creative Composites



Phenolic SMC for Rail and Aerospace

 Neil Smallwood, Managing Director, FTI Group




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