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Atkins named as official engineering services provider to the National Composites Centre in UK

News International-French

18 Nov 2011

Atkins has been named as an official engineering services provider to the UK National Composites Centre (NCC) on a three year framework agreement. The NCC is a key part of the UK composites strategy launched by the UK Government in November 2009. Due to officially launch in late 2011, the facility will bring together companies and academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products.  Atkins’ role is to provide composites design and analysis expertise across multiple engineering sectors.

The NCC will work across a broad range of sectors, looking at wherever composites could be beneficial, from automotive and aircraft structures, through to state of the art sports equipment and musical instruments. Atkins will support the NCC in providing engineering guidance to organisations or individuals that approach the centre with a composites concept; helping them to test and develop initial ideas into high quality marketable products.



Neil Kirk, the director overseeing Atkins’ composites centre of excellence, said: “The understanding of the behaviour of advance composites is, in relative terms, in its infancy. We have a great deal of experience in the design and analysis of advanced composite materials, and we are excited to be working with the NCC to help fully harness the potential of these cutting-edge materials. We believe that many more applications for these materials will be found and are pleased to play a central role in their development.”



Peter Chivers, NCC Chief Executive, commented: “The NCC will be the hub of the UK’s effort to develop and implement innovative composite design and rapid, low-cost manufacturing technologies and systems. Atkins was selected for its in-depth knowledge of the latest composite materials and multidisciplinary experience, and we look forward to working with them over the coming three years.”



Advanced composite materials have multiple potential applications across engineering and they are being utilised across many sectors, including power generation, highways, transportation, and across the built environment. Increasingly, industry is using a wider range of composite materials to develop more durable, lighter-weight and higher-performance products. Examples of where advanced composite materials are already being used include modern tennis racquets, aeroplane wings, Formula 1 car chassis and large wind turbines.



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