EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites

Developing the next generation of composite manufacturing processes based on low cost, short cycle times, efficiency and sustainability.

Key Academic and Industrial Partners


  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Bristol
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Manchester 


  • Airbus UK
  • GKN
  • Rolls-Royce Plc


  • Bentley Motors Ltd
  • Caparo Vehicle Technologies Ltd
  • Lotus Engineering Ltd


  • Luxfer Gas Cylinders Ltd
  • Vestas Blades UK Ltd

Technology Centres:

  • National Composites Centre (NCC)
  • Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

Further details

Composites are a critical technology for developing a low carbon economy- by providing light weight materials for transport systems, and through their use in wind and tidal power machinery.

Key Research Challenges

  • Process science – integrated modelling approach to define process capability: defect generation, process variability, design/ manufacture/ cost interactions.
  • Processing technology – next generation, high-rate manufacturing technologies: rapid deposition, high-speed processing, parts integration.


Professor Andrew Long, EPSRC Centre Director
Tel: +44 (0) 115 951 3779
Fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3800
Email: andrew.long@nottingham.ac.uk

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites