Plymouth Science Park and National Composites Centre forge strategic partnership to boost South West innovation

Plymouth Science Park and the National Composites Centre in Bristol have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bolster industry-led collaborative research & development, drive innovation adoption and skills development, enhancing the South West region’s position as a leader in emergent technologies.

Plymouth Science Park and National Composites Centre forge strategic partnership to boost South West innovation

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By combining expertise and resources, Plymouth Science Park (PSP) and the National Composites Centre (NCC) aim to accelerate the adoption of cutting-edge technologies across industry. Both parties will work closely together to bridge the gap between research and practical application, ensuring that innovations are effectively integrated into industry practices, supported by workforce development and future skills to ensure a sustainable solution.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to strengthen local, regional, and national supply chains across advanced materials, digital engineering, sustainability and hydrogen. By fostering collaboration and innovation, the partnership will enhance the resilience and competitiveness of these industries.

The NCC will also serve as a gateway into the wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, furthering technology innovation and delivery within the South West region. This connection will provide additional resources and opportunities for companies to thrive.

PSP and NCC will work together to help industries explore, adopt, and integrate High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their research and development processes, enhancing the region’s capability to utilise HPC and AI for technological advancements. Recognising the importance of skilled professionals, the partnership will also encourage students, early-stage career professionals, and apprentices to gain exposure to emerging technologies.

Ian McFadzen, CEO of Plymouth Science Park, said:Our partnership with the National Composites Centre marks a significant milestone for Plymouth Science Park and the South West region. By joining forces, we can drive innovation, support industry-led R&D, and build a resilient supply chain. Together, we will create a thriving ecosystem for emergent technologies and foster the development of a skilled workforce ready to tackle future challenges.”

Will Grocott, Head of Sector at the National Composites Centre, said: “The MoU with Plymouth Science Park represents a strategic alignment of our goals to enhance technological innovation and industry collaboration that will offer opportunities to develop and transform the current and future workforce. By leveraging our combined expertise, we aim to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies, delivering impact and contributing to industry’s economic growth and competitiveness.”

The partnership between PSP and NCC is set to have a profound impact on the South West’s industry, driving technological advancements, fostering innovation, and building a resilient and skilled workforce for the future.

Cover photo: from left to right: Jacques Wood, Senior Digital Applications Engineer at PSP; Will Grocott, Head of Sector at NCC; Ashley Parkinson, SME Engagement Manager at NCC; Ian McFadzen, CEO at PSP.

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