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Lord Green visits Umeco composites structural materials technology centre

News International-French

4 Aug 2011

Umeco Composites Structural Materials (UCSM), a division of Umeco plc, welcomed Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to its advanced composites R&D and manufacturing site in Heanor, Derbyshire on Wednesday 27th July 2011.

Lord Green met with some of the Directors and personnel at UCSM’s Technology Centre and, following a presentation and comprehensive, engaging discussion, was guided around this world-class site, where the Group formulates, develops and tests its custom composites.


Nigel Blatherwick, UCSM Strategic Marketing Director, said: “We were delighted to welcome Lord Green and members of UKTI to our Derbyshire facility, and for the opportunity to demonstrate Umeco’s world-leading composites R&D and manufacturing facilities."


“Lord Green was particularly interested in the variety of our products and the diverse range of applications across many advanced engineering sectors. And with 2012 on the horizon, he was intrigued to learn of sporting goods used by past and present Olympians made from advanced composite materials. We also explained the Company’s focus on export sales and our specific efforts in emerging markets such as China and Brazil”


Lord Green was introduced to a variety of innovative product applications, including the BLOODHOUND SSC, a supersonic car project that will attempt to break the land speed record in 2013 and that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. As a product sponsor in this project, UCSM is providing composite materials, tooling, and design and component manufacturing capability. This is one of a series of projects where the Group pushes the boundaries of technology and passes on the benefits of its innovations to other clients.


Lord Green said: “With just a year to go to the 2012 Games, it was fascinating to see sports equipment made up of materials produced at this site.  I congratulate UCSM on being one of the sponsors for the project which involves an attempt at the land speed record.  This demonstrates the ambition and drive this company has to be involved in such an impressive venture.


“It is also encouraging to hear how UCSM is looking to emerging markets such as China and Brazil to increase sales and is leading the way for advanced engineering in the region and the UK.”


Nigel Blatherwick continued: “We believe that this visit provided Lord Green with a great insight into the possibility for a UK company to lead the way into global markets for advanced manufacturing. We hope that he will share his experience with BIS and UKTI, and help promote composites manufacturing internationally.”



About Umeco

Umeco plc (‘Umeco’) is an international provider of advanced composite materials primarily to the aerospace & defence, wind energy, recreation and automotive industries. Revenue from continuing operations to 31 March 2011 was £207.4 million and these operations had 863 employees in manufacturing and distribution operations in the UK, Europe and the USA.


Umeco is managed through two continuing business streams:

Structural Materials – development, manufacture and supply of advanced composite materials;


Process Materials – development, manufacture and supply of vacuum bagging materials.


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