Composites Innovation Cluster receives U.K. government investment

The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative has awarded more than £11 million to the Composites Innovation Cluster for the delivery of 13 integrated projects from 25 partners to help expand and enhance the U.K. composites industry supply chain.

The U.K.-based Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) reported in late June that it has been awarded more than £11 million from the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) as part of AMSCI Round 2.  The Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) will deliver 13 integrated capability projects across 25 partners starting in first quarter 2013 and will aim to deliver a holistic supply chain model that will extend throughout the composites community

The CiC Project is led by Cytec Industrial Materials (Heanor, UK), partnered with Axillium and Composites UK in response to the demand signals of all U.K. industry sectors. This underlines Cytec’s commitment to the U.K.’s advanced manufacturing sector and economy. The CiC brings academics, suppliers and primes together with the endorsement of the National Composites Centre. The aim is to support the delivery of a nationally connected network of composites knowledge and technology providers to address the market failures facing composites for high-value manufacturing applications in the UK. Under the leadership of the partners, the collaborative cluster project will be delivered by materials specialists, manufacturing and process businesses, and tooling and systems providers, all working with academic support from experts in the field.

£22M of joint funding from AMSCI and industry will support the creation and safe-guarding of more than 200 jobs and create £190 million in growth by addressing market failures that challenge the wider adoption of composites in U.K. markets.

Market failures are the availability of composites skills, training and experience in the U.K.; the development of new materials and formats for recyclable, high-performance, rapid processing and handling in the manufacturing cycle; and automated, high-volume, rapid manufacturing and joining methods of composite structures in volume. The CiC brings these challenges together in a collaboration of industrial and academic partners from England with the support of U.K. primes to build an intelligent, sustainable, competitive and highly networked U.K. composites supply base, which will enable the design and manufacture of lightweight vehicles, structures and devices.