NWAA raises £2m for aerospace composites projects

The North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA) has helped raise £2m in funding for aerospace composites projects in north west England.

The funding will come from two separate projects via the Technology Strategy Board.

The first project, Intertex, was a proposal put forward by the NWAA composites commodity group and its members that aims to produce a step-change in the cost of composite manufacturing.

The project will be worth £1.74m to the region over the next two years.

Led by the NWAA, the bid team included the North West Composites Centre, Aircelle, Trelleborg Offshore, Hyde, Sigmatex and Brookhouse Compsites.

Half the funding will be given in the form of a grant from TSB and half has been pledged in match-funding from the companies involved.

The second round of funding comes from I-Composites, a national project worth £10m in total. The bidding team was led by GKN and includes the NWAA plus Aircelle, Sigmatex, the Advanced Composites Group and Bentley Motors.

This project is worth £2.2m to the North West aerospace industry and is designed to achieve the rapid and cost-effective manufacture of high-value products within composites.

The 50 per cent grant funding will also be matched by the companies involved.