The National Composites Centre (NCC) is the UK’s leading centre of excellence and innovation in composites technology. The NCC provides collaborative, open-access, research, technology and people development, delivering world-class innovation and knowledge transfer for the design, manufacture and application of composites. The NCC offers high value support to small, medium and large companies from all industry sectors available through annual membership or on an hourly pay basis.
The NCC provides engineering expertise in Composite Materials such as thermoset, thermoplastic and ceramics through our people, equipment and facilities. Our services include research and development to bespoke training courses and business engagement. Our team have multi-disciplinary and extensive experience across design, simulation and analysis; materials research, process development and optimisation, robotics, tooling and testing. Our specialist competencies include hand-layup, robotic fibre placement, liquid composite moulding, material deposition, forming methodology, press manufacturing and out-of-autoclave technologies. These capabilities are all supported by an extensive Verification and Validation offering from Metrology, Non-destructive testing and a fully equipped materials laboratory.
The NCC is hosted by the University of Bristol and is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC).