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Academic Partners

The Hub currently comprises ten leading research groups working on composites manufacturing in the UK. The objective is to build and grow the national community in the design and manufacture of high performance composites. The Hub is led by the University of Nottingham and the University of Bristol and initially included four other Spokes: Cranfield University, Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, and the University of Southampton. The network expanded in 2017 / 2018 to include the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and Brunel University, London.

Three new academic partners joined the Hub in April 2019 following a Feasibility Study call: the University of Sheffield, Ulster University and Wrexham Glyndŵr University.

Successful Feasibility Study leads will become Spokes through funding of major collaborative Core Projects.

The University of Warwick joined the network in September 2019 through a second round of Hub funded Innovation Fellowships, and most recently, following the funding of a new Hub Core Project The University of Bath became a partner in January 2020.

Industrial Partners

The academic team has a strong track record of collaboration with industrial partners, many of whom were consulted during the development of the Hub. This network is essential for delivering the pipeline of next generation technologies. The 2016 UK Composites Strategy has highlighted the requirements for push/pull technologies in order to 'deliver, develop and diversify', which will provide the means to respond to the forecast 160% and potential 700% growth of the industry over the next five and fifteen years respectively. Key to this strategy is the creation of the Composites Hub in order to push technologies through to the HVM Catapult Centres (NCC, AMRC, WMG and MTC) so that they can be developed through the Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and exploited by UK industry.

To view the latest Hub Industrial Engagement Strategy, please click here

To find out how to get involved, contact the Business Development Manager.

Key partners involved in creating and supporting this network are as follows:

International Partners

As part of the Hub's commitment to train 121 PhD/EngD and 29 postdoctoral researchers of the 7 year period, an International Exchange Programme has been founded for all researchers funded through the Hub. Twenty-three leading international institutions across eleven countries have offered 3-month visits to share information and developments within the field. This will help to ensure that technologies and highly trained personnel are effectively integrated within academia, research institutes and industry in the future.

More information on the International Exchange Programme.

Partner Locations

Concordia University
École Centrale de Nantes
Fraunhofer ICT, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
INEGI, Universidade do Porto
Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe
Institute for Technological Research (IPT)
KU Leuven
LCC Munich
McGill University
Michigan State University
Purdue University
RWTH Aachen University
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)
Technische Universität Dresden
The University of Auckland
The University of British Columbia
Universität Stuttgart
Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées
Universiteit Twente
University of Delaware
University of Nantes
University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
University of Southern Queensland

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