NCC purchases Automatic Fibre Placement machine

The National Composites Centre (NCC) has announced its purchase of a multi-million pound Automatic Fibre Placement (AFP) machine, the first of its kind in the country.

The machine cost more than £2.5m and was paid for with a £1.4m grant from the South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) through GKN Aerospace as part of the Next Generation Composite Wing research programme, and a £1.2m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The AFP machine will be of vital importance to the work of the NCC in progressing the UK’s composite capabilities — exploring the manufacturing challenges facing many industrial sectors to help ensure the UK industrial base is prepared to face anticipated market requirements in the coming decades.