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Composites UK reaches key membership milestone

News International-French

20 Jan 2015

Composites UK has had a stream of both OEMs and SMEs join the Association recently, welcoming its 200th member.

Composites UK, which is the accredited Trade Association for the UK composites industry, has welcomed 27 companies to its membership since the Composites Engineering Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre in November, for which it was and continues to be the Headline Industry Partner.  The Association has seen a total of 54 new members in the last year.

Dr. Sue Halliwell, Operations Manager said; "The increase in membership not only reflects the changes the Association has put in place this year - a rebrand including a new website, a push on health and safety, the launch of the Composite Assured Practitioner (CAP) scheme looking to standardise skills competencies for the industry and three new staff members - but also reflects the growth and confidence in the UK composites industry as a whole."

Companies who have recently joined the Association are; AEP Polymers, Air Products, Ami-Con, Anaglyph, Asset International, B&M Longworth, BAE Systems, Bindatex, Carbon One, EuroResins, Fenner Precision, GRP UK, IST,

Marineware, Matrix Composites Materials, Minden Systems, Paint Services Group, Patterns and Moulds, Pearson Panke, Progressive Technology Advanced Materials, SAS Composites, Siemens, Team Refrigeration, UK Flowtechnik, Velox UK, Von Roll UK, Zund Plotting Systems.

Dr. Halliwell continued; "The larger OEMs are really starting to engage with the Association through initiatives such as the CAP Scheme where they see how this will greatly benefit their company structures."

Robert Flory, VP of Specialised Engineering Software, at new member company Siemens PLM Software commented; “In today’s global manufacturing environment, the discipline of composite engineering has become one of the most important and fastest growing areas vital to industries. Composite materials will continue to experience more widespread use as the complexity and time required for developing and producing composite structures is reduced.

“As a provider of specialised engineering software focused on designing and manufacturing structures of advanced composite materials with our Fibersim software, we applaud Composites UK for promoting the use of composites to facilitate effective communication and collaboration in the manufacturing industry. Composites UK’s growing momentum is evidence that this type of industry focus will be a differentiating factor for success and we are looking forward to advancing the use of specialised software to meet the rapidly growing composite engineering needs of our customers.”

Neil Parkinson, Business Development Manager for Fenner Precision said of why they decided to join Composites UK; “As a manufacturer of silicone sheet materials, used widely in the Composites Industry for bladder moulding, laminating, forming and infusing, we decided to join Composites UK to reach out to the ever increasing Composites Market, with the aim of attracting new interest and opportunities.”

However, the majority of Association members remains to be small to medium-sized businesses in-line with the overall configuration of the UK composites industry.

Kenny Shea, Regional Business Manager for Velox UK said; “It is always important for our industry to work in a focused manor to serve our customers, markets and the every changing issues in the supply chain. We at Velox UK acknowledge Composites UK as a hub for information and to collate the member group to share information for the good of our industry.  Velox UK are pleased to part of this organisation and look forward to contributing with our input.”