NetComposites’ world-leading technology business undertakes assignments in the following areas of composite materials:
- Materials research & development
- Process development
- Prototypes and pre-production moulding
NetComposites provides research, consultancy, training and information services to the composite materials industry. Our activities are organised into four areas:
Technology: research, development, prototyping and testing of innovative composite materials and their associated manufacturing technologies in our 700 square metre development centre. We have process equipment for compression moulding, prepregging, injection moulding, vacuum forming and resin infusion, as well as materials testing machines and component fabrication facilities.
Insight: training courses, conferences, seminars and workshops on a broad range of composites topics. We also produce market reports, technology roadmaps, foresighting studies and best practice guides, and co-ordinate a number of industry networks including the Network Group for Composites in Construction.
Information: this site provides access to a wealth of composites information including technology guides, the latest industry news, an events calendar, a glossary, an industry directory and jobs listings. Each week we distribute a composites industry newsletter to more than 15,000 individuals.
Store: this site also hosts our online store selling composites related books, DVDs and market reports.
Our experience covers the breadth of composite material technologies, applications and business issues, and companies use us to create innovative composite products and processes, or to advise on trends in the future of the industry.
3-4 February 2015, The Park Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
As part of NetComposites’ involvement in the EC funded FP7 project Stellar, work has progressed to the point where fibre–reinforced tapes are being manufactured at our facilities in Chesterfield, UK. In order to monitor the quality of the tapes as they are being produced, NetComposites, with support from Zumbach Electronics, installed an online tape measuring device in December 2014. This instrument has already shown its worth by identifying when the production process has reachrd a steady state and is producing tape of consistent dimensions. The Stellar project is related to the high-speed placement of fibre–reinforced tapes, in selected locations in a composite structure, to provide the optimum reinforcement, weight and cost profile within a part. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 609121. For more information on the Stellar project, please visit the the Stellar project website.