National Composites Centre, LIST sign MoU

The link between LIST and NCC will further advance exploitation of the opportunities of composites for the UK.

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The National Composites Centre (NCC Bristol, UK) hosted the Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Etienne Schneider on July 26 to sign a historic collaborative innovation agreement between the NCC and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

The agreement sets out to advance the innovation capability and capacity across the two organizations. Luxembourg’s aspirations to strengthen its innovation capacity are supported by €1 billion for programs and infrastructure, including the opening later this year of a €60m composites center. The new center will complement LIST’s capabilities, which include bio-based materials, nano additives and life cycle analysis, all of which are of interest to the NCC.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Schneider and NCC Executive Director Strategy & Business Alison Starr.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the NCC. We have established a world leading position in composites technology and our open innovation environment has led to many collaborative projects over the last five years. This MOU further enhance our capability to support and advance our knowledge and expertise, therefore enabling us to deliver the best for our customers,” said Starr.

The MOU between the NCC and LIST offers an important opportunity to grow knowledge through partnership. This is a model that the NCC has utilized already with other institutions such as the Japanese National Composites Centre and the Stichting Thermoplastic Composites Centre in the Netherlands, alongside university research groups across the world including the University of Bristol. The link between LIST and NCC will further advance exploitation of the opportunities of composites for the UK.