The 8500 m² NCC facility is situated close to three of GKN Aerospace’s composite manufacturing operations serving the global aerospace sector – at Filton and Western Approach in Bristol, and Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

GKN Aerospace has already based a 15 member composites research team at the NCC. These engineers are working on research programmes such as the CleanSky initiative, developing new composite technologies to extend the performance and lower the emissions of future aircraft.

"This new centre will be a vital resource for the UK, assisting in extending the expertise of our manufacturing sector in the highly skilled and evolving area of composites manufacture," says Marcus Bryson, CEO and President, GKN Aerospace and GKN Land Systems.

"It will be a key resource for us at GKN Aerospace as we and our team of suppliers work to maximise the UK’s involvement in the growing global aerospace market over the next 30 to 40 years."