Tods is the first small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) to sign up. It joins Tier 1 members Vestas, Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Rolls Royce, Agusta Westland and Umeco. 

The National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the UK government's Composite Strategy, is a £25 million centre for innovation in composites design and manufacture.

Tods provides composite products for the defence, aerospace and other markets.

“As a progressive SME we see ourselves actually being able to provide positive technical input for many of the big names who now support the ideals of the new Centre, " says Simon Finch, CEO of Crewkerne-based Tods.

"From our perspective access to NCC’s range of specialists and state-of-the art technology will allow us to interact favourably with industry developments and allow us to gather momentum in sustaining our innovative reputation that we have gained over the last 60 years.”