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Composites UK Limited

Composites UK Limited


HP4 1EH Berkhamsted
United Kingdom

Composites UK is the trade association for companies working in the UK’s fibre-reinforced polymer composite supply chain.

The association has evolved and grown rapidly over the last several years, now representing more than 370 companies, including manufacturers, material suppliers, equipment suppliers, academics, designers, engineers, consultants, clients and service providers.

Our key aim is to support companies in the UK to enable them to grow their businesses and succeed in the competitive global market.

We run a comprehensive series of networking events to bring end users across all industry sectors and the supply chain together. We offer technical support, refer business opportunities on to our member companies, advise on training and health and safety requirements, provide input to standards development and lobby governments on a variety of issues.

In essence we are the voice of the UK composites industry.

Through our role as a Delivery Partner to the Composites Leadership Forum and the work which we do with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres, we are able to ensure that our members stay abreast of the latest developments and funding opportunities to enable them to plan for growth.

Product news

  • Composites UK Turns 30

    Originally the Composites Processing Association (CPA), it became Composites UK in 2007 to include the whole supply chain within the membership, growing over the last decade from 70 members to 370.

    The evening saw fifty attendees join the celebration, including founding members Keith Beaumont and Ken Forsdyke, and past Chairman, John Ward who have all since retired from the composites industry.

    Ken Forsdyke, who ran the Association’s secretariat when it was the CPA said of the milestone: “It’s really great to see the organisation going from strength-to-strength. The few of us that met 30 years ago could only dream of such an outcome!”

    Composites UK’s current Chairman, Ben Wilson of MPM Limited added: “This was a fantastic event to bring some influential people in the composites world together and celebrate the success of the UK trade association. Like any other business, it starts small and grows and to have the opportunity to thank Ken, Keith and John there as pioneers and honorary members was a fitting tribute. May the celebrations be the start of another very successful 30 years for Composites UK and the sector as a whole.”

    Earlier in the day at the afternoon event looking back at the composites industry over the last 30 years, there were presentations from Lucintel, GKN Aerospace, Polynt, Cecence, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, iMet and Scott Bader.

    The event introduced the industry to Composites UK’s new employees, Diane Alexander as Membership and Events Officer, and Charlotte White as SME Relationship Manager who both bring with them a wealth of knowledge to help grow the Association and its service offering.

    Website: www.compositesuk.co.uk

  • Programme Announced for Confidence in Composites

    The event will look at the non-destructive evaluation, structural health monitoring and repair of fibre reinforced polymer composites during both manufacture and in-service.

    Partnering with the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the abstracts submitted for this event have been peer reviewed by:

    - Prof. Robert Smith, Professor of NDT and High Value Manufacturing - British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing
    - Uday Vaidya PhD, Chief Technology Officer, IACMI-The Composites Institute
    - Ajay Kapadia, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Composites - Knowledge Transfer Network
    - Rob Rose, Engineering Capability Lead and Responsible Level 3 | Non-Destructive Testing - National Composites Centre
    - Holly Phillips MBE, Principal Naval Architect - Royal National Lifeboat Institution
    - Richard Freemantle, Director, Wavelength NDT, Chair of BINDT Composites Group

    Claire Whysall, Communications Manager at Composites UK said: “This new conference takes an in-depth look into how composite materials can be monitored, and as the title suggests, aims to increase the confidence in the use of composites over alternative materials such as steel or aluminium.

    “We are thankful to those on our reviewing committee for supporting us in the putting together of this excellent programme of speakers.”

    Presenters at the event include GKN Aerospace, the National Composites Centre, TWI, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Lloyd’s Register, with companies such as Olympus, Inductosense and Baugh & Weedon NDE exhibiting.

    Registration is open and sponsorship/exhibition opportunities are available. Details on these can be found on the conference website.

    Website: www.confidenceincomposites.com