Composites U.K. promotes latest developments in biocomposites

The trade association for U.K. composites will host Oct. 23 workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre (AMRC).

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Composites U.K. (Herts, U.K.), the accredited trade association for the U.K. composites industry, will promote current developments in biocomposite materials at its Oct. 23 workshop, will be held at the Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Organized by Composite U.K.’s Biocomposites Subgroup,  the workshop will give delegates the chance to learn about composite materials that are made from natural sources such as jute and hemp.

It will also offer the opportunity to provide feedback through a panel discussion, led by Subgroup Chairman Anthony Stevenson of NetComposites (Chesterfield, U.K.). The panel will discuss key opportunities for biocomposites, barriers to their use and lobbying of funding bodies for research opportunities.

The day will begin with a technical overview session featuring presentations from Anthony Stevenson, (NetComposites), Darshil Shah (University of Oxford) and Brendon Weager (Composites Evolution) with the afternoon session taking on case studies from Alex Grous (Dixie Chemical), Elena Benedetti (AEP Polymers), Pierluigi Ferri (Elmira) and John Hutchinson (Feilden+Mawson). There will also be an opportunity for delegates to view the AMRC composite research facilities.

According to Composites U.K. communications manager Claire Whysall, “The research into how composite materials can become more sustainable has picked up a lot of momentum in recent years with some exciting developments being put out there in the form of natural fibre composites. With this event we wanted to bring some of these developments together to showcase what biocomposites can be used for and their properties in comparison to carbon- and glass-fibre composites. It is also an opportunity for our Biocomposites Sub-Group to gauge what is needed by the industry and how they can help to drive it forward.”

Registration for the event is now open with a discounted rate for Composites U.K. members. Table-top exhibition space is also available for an additional fee. Please visit www.compositesuk.co.uk for more details or contact Claire Whysall: claire@compositesuk.co.uk.

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