National Composites Centre declared open for business

A new multi-million pound centre of excellence seeking to enhance the UK's composites expertise has been officially opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

The National Composites Centre is a 8500m2 state of the art building offering laboratory space for SMEs to develop new products.

Located in Bristol's Science Park, it is one of seven research and technology facilities which form the High Value Manufacturing technology and innovation centre.

"Here in the UK we are very good at invention, but we need to do more to innovate and turn our ideas into products and jobs," said Cable. "I don't want the UK to miss out on any opportunities to create economic growth through manufacturing.

"This centre will work with our world class universities and international businesses based in the South West and across the UK, to develop and commercialise new technologies."

Cable maintained the centre's work will strengthen the UK's manufacturing centre, exploit the next generation of advanced composites materials and help maintain the country's global lead in this technology area. "I look forward to seeing what they produce," he concluded.

Laura Hopperton

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