This event is exclusive to SME’s in the SEMLEP region and will give those attending an opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Graphene and composites. Attendees will learn about how the very latest in technology can be utilised in their business and opportunities for future funded research collaboration.

With its advanced design and manufacturing capability, the pioneering Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre at Cranfield University is an established partner to manufacturers and the members of their supply chains through short courses, consultancy and research. The Centre investigates and develops materials and processing technology for lightweight and efficient structures and combines an expertise in low cost manufacturing with modelling, simulation and structural health monitoring technologies.

This event is being run as part of the IMAGE (Innovation in Manufacturing, Aerospace and Green Economy) programme. IMAGE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund for the next two years and will see hundreds of businesses across the region given access to the research, know-how and resource based at Cranfield University, the University of Bedfordshire and other universities in the South East Midlands region.

Event Programme

08:45 Registration & Coffee
09:10 Welcome and introduction to the Cranfield University and the Composites Day - Matthew Caffrey
Introduction to the IMAGE Project – Sandra Turner
09:30 The Future of Composites – Professor Krzysztof Koziol– Head of Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre
Cranfield Enhanced Composites and Structures Centre is a leading UK centre for innovation in polymer composite manufacture and applications to industrial applications. The major themes for the centre are next-generation affordable and scalable manufacturing processes for composites plus novel enhancements for composites to improve structural performance and functionality.
10:00 Adaption of Composites by the Automotive Industry– Andrew Mills – Principal Research Fellow
Cranfield has developed specialist expertise in hybrid joining methods that combine composites with metallic inserts for optimised composite-metal and composite-composite structural joints.
10:20 Bio-Based Composite Materials
Research into new forms of composite materials that contain functional ingredients such as carbon nano-tubes allowing the tailoring of their intrinsic mechanical, thermal and electrical properties.
10:40 Coffee break
10:50 Composites in the Circular Economy
Circular economy and sustainability are becoming crucial to our future, this presentation will explore how composite materials can be recovered and reused.
11:10 Serviceability of Smart Composites, Pavan Addepalli, Research Fellow
the maintenance and through life service ramifications of sensor technology embedded in composites.
11:30 ERDF IMAGE funding opportunities – Hemaxi Bhatt
11:45 Q&A Session
12:00 Lunch
12:30 Tour of Cranfield University’s manufacturing facilities

Location and travel details

Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further travel details please visit our Location page.

Who should attend

Manufacturing SMEs in the SEMLEP region.


Free to attend