April 2015

2015 Student Seminar

Our next event is the 2015 Student Seminar being held at IOM3 on the 30th April, 2015. We are selecting 2 postgraduate students to represent the UK & Ireland Chapter at the student event which runs alongside the SAMPE Europe Conference in Amiens, France, in September 2015.

At the Student Seminar, the students present their research to a panel of experts who will select the students to represent the Chapter at Amiens (all expenses paid).

Further information will be published shortly but in the meantime, contact Andrew Mills at Cranfield University for further details.

26th February 2015

Annual Seminar and SME Table Top Exhibition
Challenges for High Volume Composites Manufacturing

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The SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter Annual Seminar & SME Table Top Exhibition - Challenges for High Volume Composites Manufacturing, was held on the 26th February 2015, at the International Digital Laboratory, Warwick University and was sponsored by WMG and Cytec Industrial Materials

The motivation of the seminar was to address the intense needs to achieve environmental and economic targets for all industry sectors. The benefits of lightweight composite structures contribute to these targets, and are being brought to the marketplace. Investment is being focused on the high volume manufacture of high performance parts for the aerospace, automotive and energy generation sectors. Establishment of new processes and materials into a secure supply chain is essential.

The Final programme included presentations from key industry players as Penso, Coriolis Composites, The University of Nottingham, Bentley, Cytec, Kraus Maffei and AZL.

Please follow this link for the seminar programme
and this link for our report on the seminar

The Seminar and the associated exhibition were both fully booked and for the list of exhibitors follow this link. The available seminar presentations are given below. They will be password protected until 30 June, 2015. Delegates will be emailed with password details.

9th April 2014

Annual Seminar and SME Table Top Exhibition
Advances in Materials, Design and Manufacturing for Advanced Composites

The 2014 1-day SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter seminar addresses progress in design, materials and manufacturing technologies that are essential to secure the continued success of cost effective high performance composites.

Key innovators in all sectors of the advanced composites industry such as Axis Composites, Caterham, Cobham, Cytec, Exova, Frazer Nash, ELG, and WMG have been invited to make presentations. Sponsored by Formaplex Ltd, SAMPE UK & Ireland Chapter will host another Table-Top Exhibition for SMEs who offer innovative technologies and solutions. This is the 5th SME table top exhibition and previous events have been very successful and proved to be a great opportunity for delegates to gain information and network.


Intelligent Composite Layup
Matthew Such, University of Bristol

NDE of Dielectric Materials
Edward Ingham, Exova Group Ltd.

Caterham Composites
Mike Gascoynes, Caterham

Weaving Goes Back to the Future
Alistair Mcllhagger, Axis Composites

Practical Aspects of Recycling Carbon Fibre Composites
Frazer Barnes, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd.

26th November 2013

Student Seminar 2013
Springtime in Paris

Are you a PhD or Research Masters student investigating Advanced Polymer Composites?

Come and present your research at our Student Seminar at the National Composites Centre in Bristol on the 26 November, 2013.

The student giving the best presentation will win an expenses paid trip to the Student Seminar at our European Conference in Paris during March 2014 with the opportunity to win an expenses paid trip to the SAMPE International event in the USA in May 2014. There will also a similar prize for the best presentation on research focused on composites sustainability.

This is a great chance to network with research students from across Europe so email an abstract of your work to Andrew Mills at Cranfield University: a.r.mills@cranfield.ac.uk

Abstract submission now closed

2nd October 2013

One Day Master Class
The Future of Composites Technology: Disruptive Innovation or Sustaining Innovation?

A Master Class was organised to present and discuss major opportunities, possible threats and the challenges arising in the composites industry due to disruptive innovation, that is, “quantum” changes in technology and markets – so called “game changers” - as opposed to more steady evolutionary changes. Nine presentations covering a wide range of subjects were given providing a most educational and enjoyable session. Registered attendees numbered 75 from both academia and industry.