Established in February 2006, the Northwest Composites Centre received a £2.1 million grant from the Northwest Science Fund, administered by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).The Northwest Composites Centre was formed by collaboration between the following Universities:
High strength composites have gained great acceptance in areas where their lightweight and exceptional strength outweigh cost issues, for example in the aerospace sector. Now, improvements in materials and labour-intensive manufacturing processes mean composites can be used economically in a growing number of applications and industries.
The Northwest Composites Centre’s mission is to:
- Undertake applied research leading to the development of new, cost effective, low energy, low cycle time composite processing routes for making real components and demonstrators
- Establish the effect of these production routes on composite structure and performance and thereby optimise their fitness for purpose
- Act as a regional centre of expertise supporting, evaluating and introducing innovation in composite manufacture and design