CiC to hold composites open forum

Each quarter the Composites Innovation Cluster (CiC) holds a one-day Programme Steering Group (PSG) meeting which is typically a closed consortium, however the April 2016 event will be an open forum and is a rare opportunity for companies outside of the Cluster to engage with the partners and their projects.

The April meeting will also be a larger, two-day event covering the 17 projects within the programme in detail. It sees the CiC team up with the University of Derby and Hexagon Metrology as well as OEM/Tier 1 companies who will present the specifications that they work to, showing delegates how they can position their company’s products or services in a way that will assist them effectively. This will be facilitated further via a workshop session hosted by Axillium Research on how to respond to OEM challenges and opportunities on day two.

Complementing the event will be a series of exhibitions from partner companies where attendees will see demonstrator parts, new materials and learn more about partner capabilities through one-to-one discussions.

Michael Moor, technology development engineer at Meggitt Polymers and Composites said, “As a member of the Cluster it is important for us to have the opportunity to disseminate the technology we have created – not only to CiC partners but to the wider industry as well so that we can form partnerships and commercialise on this. This next event will be particularly important for us as lead partners of LiRIC – the project will have come to a close by the event and we’ll be presenting its final outcomes.”

Whilst LiRIC looked at the liquid resin infusion of high temperature composites, Cranfield University will be presenting PROSEL which has developed a software tool for composite component design and manufacturing which provides recommendation of materials and process selection, as well as design and manufacturing guidelines, depending on product application and requirement specifications.

There will also be presentations surrounding the funding of two new CiC projects – Geneos and ThermoCARB. The event takes place on 26th and 27th April at Derby Enterprise Centre. Pre-registration is essential but is free-of-charge and delegates can register for one or both days.