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30th April 2019, Bristol

BAE Systems joins NCC Steering Board

Enrique Garcia, Andy Schofield, Janet Mitchell, Brett Hemingway and Andy Hopcraft. © NCC

Enrique Garcia, Andy Schofield, Janet Mitchell, Brett Hemingway and Andy Hopcraft. © NCC

BAE Systems is to join the National Composites Centre (NCC) Steering Board as the company confirms its long-term commitment to the NCC as a Tier 1 Member.

Andy Schofield, Manufacturing and Materials Technology Director, BAE Systems Air will be joining the Steering Board, established to support the NCC Leadership Team to deliver their business strategy and drive growth in the UK composites sector. “This is an important step for us, building on the strong relationship we have across the High Value Manufacturing Catapult,” he said.

“Continuing to develop composite technologies and doing it in a collaborative way with our partners and suppliers is key to supporting Future Combat Air Systems development in the UK. It also provides the opportunity to access world class facilities in order to explore new technologies and processes enabling the acceleration in the development of advanced composites.”

BAE Systems has been a member of the NCC since 2014 and sees the collaboration with the NCC growing stronger as a Tier 1 member to drive forward its ambitious plans to deliver the most advanced manufacturing and materials know-how into the business.  

“With a global reputation for innovation in advanced defence technology, we look forward to BAE Systems taking an active role on the NCC Steering Board,” commented Janet Mitchell, Director of Aerospace & Defence, NCC. “As we accelerate our services to industry and continue to build the NCC’s reputation as a world leader in composites technology innovation, developing close partnerships with our members are vital to our future success.”

The National Composites Centre is one of seven centres that form the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and focuses on accelerating the adoption of high-value, sustainable engineering solutions in composites. The NCC has over 350 specialist composites engineers based at its facility and offers open-access to cutting-edge digital manufacturing technology for the design, and development of new composite products pulling through technology from the lab to large-scale production.

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