The opening in 2011 of the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK, marked a milestone in the UK Composites Strategy, an initiative of the UK government to promote the composites industry in the United Kingdom. At the time, the NCC aimed to become the hub of the UK's effort to develop and implement rapid composite manufacturing technologies and system, offering industrial-scale manufacturing facilities and rapid manufacturing processes capable of building prototypes to validate design concepts. Today, the NCC has production capabilities that range from state-of-the-art robotic and computer controlled manufacturing facilities, to pilot-plant scale thermoforming, pressing and machining equipment, that can meet multi-sector industry demand.
The NCC, which continues to expand and upgrade the available facilities, has now taken a new KraussMaffei RimStar Compact 4/4/4 into operation. The system is equipped with two mixing heads, enabling it to process both epoxy resin and polyurethane in high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM).