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A £28 million expansion at National Composites Centre

News International-French

4 Nov 2014

Secretary of State Vince Cable unveils £28 million expansion to the research and technology hub owned by the University of Bristol.

The major project has seen the NCC double in size, allowing much greater capacity to develop composite technology for the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy and rail sectors.

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), was shown an innovative racing yacht, lightweight road cars and the largest openly accessible high-rate manufacturing press for composites in Europe.

He was joined by more than 400 guests to see the new facilities at the NCC, funded by a £28 million investment from BIS, via InnovateUK and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

Based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, highly-skilled engineers and technicians assist UK manufacturers to research, develop and commercialise new technologies and products.

As well as providing increased capacity and a dedicated high-speed composite manufacturing technology facility, there will be a new world-class training centre for higher level and vocational skills development. This will help train the next generation of engineers in composites manufacturing and technologies and bring together leading businesses, colleges and universities.

Around 50 new jobs will be created at the NCC, with a further 30 to 50 jobs within member organisations.

The NCC has powerful support from industry. This year alone sees more than £14m of technology development work from industry pass through the centre.

After only three years, the NCC has nearly 40 members and has worked with more than 100 companies.

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