Thriving composites companies gather to boost support

Alison Gamble, Urban&Civic, Claire Whysall, Composites UK, Tim Sweatman EcoTechnilin, Sue Bedlow, HD

Alison Gamble, Urban&Civic, Claire Whysall, Composites UK, Tim Sweatman EcoTechnilin, Sue Bedlow, HDC, Tim Harrison, TRB, Stella Job, Composites UK and Helen Dighton, Encocam - Credit: Archant

With the composites industry in Huntingdonshire flourishing, an industry event was held earlier this month to showcase success stories and offer support.

More than 20 businesses from across the region attended the Composites UK conference, hosted jointly by Alconbury Enterprise Campus and Huntingdonshire District Council, giving attendees the opportunity to discover local business support from organisations including the DIT and the Greater Cambridgeshire Greater Peterborough LEP.

Claire Whysall, communications manager at Composites UK, said: “This was our first regional event in the East of England where the welcome and support we received from Urban&Civic and the district council was phenomenal. With a cluster of composites companies in the area, the event was a perfect opportunity to bring them together with other companies in the locality.”

Showcasing at the event were presentations by those working in the supply chain in the manufacture, supply and use of carbon or glass fibre components.

There were also updates from firms including Huntingdon-based TRB Lightweight Structures and Encocam along with AIM Altitude, Ecotechnilin and Granta Design.

Sue Bedlow, economic development manager at the district council, added: “We were delighted to welcome this Composites UK event and demonstrate both the existing strengths in this sector within our local economy and the assistance available to support further growth of established and new companies.”

Composites UK has more than 200 members, from consultancies through to a range of universities.

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