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TenCate Advanced Composites Joins the ‘Open-Access’ National Composites Centre in the UK

Thermoplastics specialist TenCate Advanced Composites (Nijverdal, The Netherlands) reported on March 30 that it is joining as a tier 2 member of the National Composites Centre (NCC) based in Bristol, U.K.  As multinational company, TenCate aims at working together with primary centres of excellence on research and application of these advanced composite materials.

Thermoplastic composites are an integral part of the aerospace and automotive industry, offering real rate production and performance benefits on secondary and primary structures.

Nick Tiffin, Sales and Marketing Director of TenCate Advanced Composites EMEA said:
‘We are very pleased to announce our tier 2 membership of the National Composites Centre in the UK. This centre of excellence has an extensive range of processing equipment for handling these advanced composite materials. Being a member will help us to understand in more depth about how our materials can be applied to new production environments and products’.

Peter Chivers, Chief Executive of the National Composites Centre, adds:
‘We are delighted to welcome TenCate to our ever growing number of members. The National Composites Centre looks forward to their contribution to the exciting developments which are going on at the centre, particularly the recognised expertise of TenCate in the areas of thermoplastic processing’.

The National Composites Centre mission is to be an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation.

The key objectives of the NCC are to:
•    Provide manufacturing facilities at an industrial scale and rapid manufacturing processes capable of building prototypes to validate design concepts
•    Be the hub of the UK’s effort to develop and implement rapid composite manufacturing technologies and systems.
•    Lead the co-ordination of a strengthened network of regional centres of composites excellence
•    Provide direction and focus for fundamental research and collaborative links with UK universities
•    Help to develop and co-ordinate training to support the skills base necessary for applying advanced and specialist composite technologies