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Composites Innovation Cluster celebrates early successes

News International-French

24 Oct 2013

The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC), a collaborative programme awarded over £11M from the Government funded Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, can celebrate some early success with 12 jobs created and 4 safeguarded in Q1.

Over its duration, the CiC will deliver 13 integrated capability projects across 25 partners and will aim to deliver a holistic supply chain model which will extend throughout the composites community. £22M of joint funding from AMSCI Round 2 & Industry will support the creation and safeguarding of over 200 jobs over the 3 years of the programme. The funding will also create £190M growth by addressing market failures which challenge the wider adoption of Composites in the UK markets.

Some early technical success are for example, the COMP-FORE project or the UK-BIOCOMP project.

The COMP-FORE project will create a sustainable model of the composites supply chain that will allow companies to make realistic engineering decisions on technology insertion to strengthen the UK supply chain, based on real-world economic data as well as the technical merits of that technology.

The UK-BIOCOMP project aims to develop the materials & process technologies necessary to manufacture the novel biopregs via an integrated continuous process. The overall goal of the project is to deliver bio-composite components to Primes that truly compete with glass fibre composites.