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28th August 2019, Berkhamsted

Building future for composites in construction

The event will take place on 17 September at the NCC, Bristol. © Composites UK

The event will take place on 17 September at the NCC, Bristol. © Composites UK

Building a Future for Composites in Construction – Roadmap Dissemination and Next Steps is an event organised by Composites UK, which will take place on 17 September at the National Composites Centre, Bristol.

The construction sector is a big part of the UK economy – roughly 9% of it – and employs around 10% of the UK workforce. Its output – the built environment – enables the services that drive around 43% of the economy. From roads and rail to offices and factories. However, the way we produce buildings has not changed in over 40 years.

The 2016 UK composites identified construction as a sector for diversification meaning that the UK currently supplies relatively small amounts of composites into the sector and UK based OEMs and the supply chain may not yet recognise the market opportunity afforded by composite solutions.

The composites in construction roadmapping exercise, carried out for the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) Strategic Construction Group, was designed to identify major barriers, opportunities, policy measures for policy makers, and industry and financial partners to accelerate R&D efforts on a national level.

“The roadmap will enable government and industry bodies, investors and composite and construction industry suppliers and buyers to identify the steps and measures needed to accelerate required technology development and uptake,” Composites UK reports.

The programme includes an introduction address by James Henderson, CLF Construction Group Chair. James Henderson, Atkins Global, will discuss the construction sector strategy, followed by an overview of the Composites Leadership Forum and composites industry strategy delivered by Sue Halliwell, Composites UK. The CLF Construction sector roadmap – methodology – will be presented by Gemma Smith, Fluency Marketing. James Henderson will also discuss the CLF Construction Sector roadmap results.

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