Last week the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) joined Composite UK for the UK Aerospace Sector Showcase at the AMRC in Rotherham. The event was specifically aimed at the UK aerospace supply chain and focused on exploring and sharing opportunities for fibre reinforced polymer composite materials in the aerospace sector. The programme also included a preview of the ATI’s forthcoming INSIGHT paper on composite technology, and the results from the ATI composite roadmapping.

The event demonstrated the composite related capability, activity and future priorities that the sector should be focusing on, and also the challenges and opportunities this presents UK suppliers with.

Mark Summers, our Head of Technology for Manufacturing, Materials and Structures was joined by Edward Andrews, ATI’s Technologist, and Balaji Srimoolanathan, Strategy Manager at the ATI, to share a preview of our forthcoming INSIGHT paper and meet with supply chain companies. Mark provided an overview of the Institute and previewed the ATI’s forthcoming INSIGHT paper on composite technology, whilst Edward discussed some of the Institute’s key initiatives that present opportunities for the composites industry, including hybrid electric aircraft, and some of the major challenges and opportunities around the wider airframe and propulsion technologies. And Balaji shared key market opportunities and insights across civil aerospace.

The ATI was invited to hold a number of one-to-one sessions with supply chain companies over the lunch break. These sessions were a great opportunity for organisations to ask the ATI questions and find out about how they can access and engage in research and technology programmes supported by the Institute.

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