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Composites UK continues 20% yearly growth surpassing the 250 member mark

News International-French

4 Apr 2016

Composites UK, the Trade Association for the UK composites supply chain, is celebrating having surpassed the 250 member company mark continuing its 20% year-on-year growth.

Maintaining its support to the composites industry supply chain, the Association has gained both OEM and SME member companies in the last year who are involved in all activities from manufacturing, to designing, through to end-users and academia. This increase is complimented by a 96% retention rate of current members.

Dr. Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager at Composites UK said, “The team, alongside our Board of Directors, have been working hard to ensure that we’re fully engaged with industry, providing an open communication channel which feeds back and influences our membership services.

“In the past year we have continued to develop our Composites Assured Practitioner scheme and have inputted into the new Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme; launched the Hub Database – a directory and UK market analysis tool for which all UK companies in the composite supply chain can have a free listing; initiated our Construction Sector Group in response to the need of a discussion forum to ensure best practice use of composite materials in this area; and just recently, along with UK Trade and Investment and the National Composites Centre, housed 14 UK companies at the JEC World Show on the UK Pavilion, giving them a level of exposure larger than that they may have received by taking their own, small stand.”

Liam Kelly, Managing Director at new member company IG Elements, commented on why they recently joined the association; “Composites UK is fantastic foundation for learning about best practice and changes moving forward in the industry. IG Elements are proud to be a glass-reinforced fibre composites manufacturer and it is vital that there is a hub that we can feel confident of in the sector. We aim to grow and participate in the increasingly competitive world of global composite production and strongly believe that Composites UK will aid us in achieving this.”

Tufcot Engineering is another new member and is looking forward to being involved with Composites UK events. Greg Majchrzak, Tufcot’s Managing Director said; “We are very pleased with the services Composites UK has provided so far. Membership allows us to keep in touch with the composites industry whilst effectively displaying our capabilities in the manufacture & engineering of composite materials via the Hub. Members are also rewarded with favourable discounts on industry advertising and trade shows. Moving forward we have already committed to take part in the Rail Sector Showcase on 12th May organised by Composites UK.”