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Composite Materials consist of two different materials different physical and chemical properties. When they are combined, they create a composite material which has superior properties to the original two materials.

Typically, composite materials are used for their strength to weight, electrical insulation and fire properties. The two main types of composite materials used are carbon/epoxy (aerospace, automotive) and glass/polyester (marine, construction). In the UK, there is a vibrant aerospace, defence and automotive sector where composites are used for their lightweight properties.

In 2018, KTN convened a Materials for Composites Special Interest Group. This year long project enabled knowledge exchange, technology transfer, and collaboration between composites-using sectors and the chemical and industrial biotechnology sectors.

To find out more about the scope, achievements and learnings from this group, download our report.

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Ajay Kapadia

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Horizon Europe Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space

Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for digital, industry and space, with over €150m total funding. Current open calls in cluster 4 relate to 2D materials, graphene, robotics and AI.

Opens: 22/12/2021 Closes: 16/11/2022

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SBRI: Fusion Industry Challenges - phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of £2 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions to encourage innovation in the fusion industry, through the use of novel and innovative heating and cooling systems, materials, manufacturing and technologies.

Opens: 09/05/2022 Closes: 22/06/2022

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New report released on UK composites industry competitiveness and opportunities

BEIS, Innovate UK, High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) have produced a study of the UK market for fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRPs). This will be used by BEIS to inform future policymaking, and also by industrial companies and representative sector bodies to inform their wider communities.

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UK registered businesses can now apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.

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