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Textiles make up the main material element of composites and in 2015 in the UK automotive sector alone, the value of composite components was worth approximately £380m.  This is expected to rise to £3.5bn by 2030 and presents a huge opportunity for some of our traditional textile manufacturers.

If our companies and academics can develop new yarns using more readily available fibres, looking at yarn structure and materials, can our textile manufacturers produce and use high strength but more affordable yarns?  Is there also the possibility for them to build more integrity and strength into the weave or knit by using 3D processes, thereby further reducing the reliance on expensive, typically imported, flat fabric sheets with high cost yarns and fibres?

Why attend?

The purpose of this event is to explore the current composite supply chain to see if there are opportunities for our local textile companies to become more involved. 

It will provide an opportunity for the local textile supply chain to explore the development of new materials, yarns, weaves and knits. Moreover, you will hear from local companies who have already began to develop composite components for the sports, automotive, aerospace and marine industries.

Come along and hear about local companies, new material suppliers, who are already accessing this supply chain and the growing research community that has been established to help UK companies.


09:00 Registration, tea & coffee
09:30 Welcome & Introduction: Richard Pelan, InvestNI
09:45 Textile related research at NIACE and what they can do for you: Dave Thompson, NIACE
10:05 Axis Composites: Eddie Archer, 3D Weave
10:35 CCP Gransden & thier thermoplastic over moulding process: Peter Quigley, CCP Gransden
11:05 Coffee break
11:20 Wm Blythe & graphene: Jennifer Peak, Wm Blythe
11:55 Opportunities for traditional textile companies in the composites supply chain: David Jewell, NCC
12:35 iComp and what they do: Terry McGrail, icomp
13:15 Lunch & networking
14:30 Close

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Crowne Plaza

117 Milltown Road,

Old Shaw’s Bridge,

Shaws Bridge,


United Kingdom