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Composites Uk Limited

Composites Uk Limited


HP27DN Hempstead, Herts
United Kingdom

Composites UK is the trade association for the UK composites industry.

The association acts to encourage continuous growth and development of the industry, promoting the best-practice use of composites materials. Its role is to bring companies throughout the supply chain together creating partnerships, as-well-as creating a unified voice to drive the industry forward, benefiting all of those involved.

At the show companies can talk to a Composites UK representative to discover the benefits of membership in relation to their business. There will also be an exclusive offer to those able to join on the day with a special show rate of 14 months for the price of 12.

On the stand, attendees will be able to live search The Hub - the UK's composites competency database (www.compositesuk.co.uk/hub). Make sure your company has claimed its free profile before the show to increase your visibility.

Product news

  • UK Composites Industry Backs Health and Safety Strategy

    Following the recent launch of the new 2018 – 2021 Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites strategy (SIMPLC), Composites UK is pleased to give a report on the support it has received from its members.

    SIMPLC brings together all parts of the plastics and composites industries including trade organisations and unions in a bid to stimulate progress on accident and ill-health reduction by helping to embed a health and safety culture within businesses.

    Composites UK, along with other participating trade associations and supporting organisations, has updated its action plan to help members achieve long-term improvements. It has invited members to pledge their support for the health and safety improvement targets set out in SIMPLC’s strategic direction statement.

    Within the pledge, members are encouraged to implement a health and safety management system that is appropriate for their size of organisation and nature of business. To assist with this, built within the framework of the Composites UK website, is a health and safety management system (HSMS), which allows companies to perform a self-audit on the measures they have in place already and what they need to do to improve.

    Helen Symonds, HR and H&S Manager at Sigmatex said of the strategy: “I am delighted to pledge Sigmatex’s commitment to safety and to help build on the good progress we have made over recent years. Composites UK’s self-audit tool via the HSMS provides an excellent “health check” of our business and has given us the framework to assess where our gaps lie and build these in to our safety strategy going forward. I have found the Site Safety template particularly useful and I am already working on customising this for our business. The Composites UK website has a fantastic, easy to read health and safety resource that we will continue to draw from going forward.”

    Tufcot Engineering were one of the first Composites UK members to back the SIMPLC strategy. David Green, Quality/H&S Manager at Tufcot added: “Here at Tufcot we are very keen to support the SIMPLC strategy. The composites industry is growing and innovating into new materials and processes, nevertheless all companies are likely to face the same or similar H&S issues. We have seen from failings in other sectors how important it is to take an industry wide approach to these issues, not only to protect our workforces but also our reputations.”

    Composites UK is continuing to accept pledges from members and work to support them with their health and safety audits. The HSMS can be found on the Association’s website. Basic access to the tool is open to all, members can login to utilise the self-audit tool.


  • Composites UK Reveals its Industry Awards Shortlist for 2018

    Composites UK has revealed its shortlist for the 2018 composites industry awards, which will be presented at the annual awards dinner on 31st October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, coinciding with the Advanced Engineering Show.

    The 2018 shortlisted entries for each award are as follows (announced in alphabetical order):

    • Innovation in Manufacture – Mouldbox | Rockwood Composites
    • Innovation in Design – GRM Consulting | TWI Limited
    • Innovation in Materials – Graphene Composites Limited | Gurit (UK) Ltd
    • Trainee/Apprentice Award – Aaron Johnson, Leonardo Helicopters | Daniel Pheasant, Pentaxia
    • Employer of the Year – MHI Vestas | MPM Limited
    • Employee of the Year – Wendy Charlesworth, GRP Solutions | Ben Jennings, Group Rhodes Limited

    The Association is also in a position to announce the outright winner of the Environmental/Sustainability Award as TRB Lightweight Structures, who submitted an outstanding entry for developing a significantly lighter and green alternative to an aluminium honeycomb rail door leaf.

    An award for Outstanding Contribution to the Composites Industry will also be presented on the evening to a person who has gone above and beyond in their work to further UK composites.

    The shortlisted entries for the innovation award categories will be showcasing their work at an open forum presentation session at the Advanced Engineering Show on Wednesday 31st October from 14:30 – 15:30 (Composites Forum).

    Bookings for tables of ten or individual seats at the dinner are being taken until 19th October. Composites UK members receive discounted rates.

    The event is sponsored by the National Composites Centre, Axillium Research, Fluency Marketing, the Advanced Engineering Show and Briar Associates. Limited sponsorship options remain.


  • Composites UK Launches FRP Bridges – Guidance for Designers

    Composites UK is pleased to announce the launch of its document “FRP Bridges – Guidance for Designers” through CIRIA, funded by Highways England and Network Rail.

    The guide shares the history of fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) bridges in the UK together with some of the key learning points relating to FRP materials, the manufacturing process and relevant design criteria. Sustainability is also an area identified with recommendations made.

    Composites UK produced the document as a result of industry demand as at present there are minimal resources for the bridge engineer to refer to, with no recognised design standards to follow. However, structural Eurocodes are in development and there are a number of guides from materials manufacturers. The document aims to help bridge engineers to understand FRP materials and how they can use them effectively in modern bridge construction.

    The document was drafted and peer reviewed by industry experts within the Composites UK construction sector group, and edited by Prof Toby Mottram, University of Warwick and James Henderson, Atkins Ltd

    The document is free to download from CIRIA’s website: