Formax has entered a knowledge transfer programme with the Polymer Composites Group. The Group operates within the Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division of Nottingham University and focuses on the processing and performance of thermoset and thermoplastic matrices.
The Polymer Composites Research Group includes 8 members of academic staff, 3 technical staff and around 30 full-time research workers. Industrial links have always been a strong feature of the groups work, much of which involves collaboration with the Ford Motor Company. The work is by no means exclusively to the automotive industry and the group have projects running which are linked with many other industrial sectors including aerospace, power generation and biomedical materials.
This collaboration between Formax and the Nottingham University Polymer Composites Group has been facilitated through the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme, a UK wide initiative that helps businesses improve through better use of knowledge, technology and skills. The two-year project aims to develop a comprehensive material characterisation capability and advanced simulation methodology for composites. The programme will have a strong automotive focus.
Oliver Wessely, Managing Director of Formax UK Ltd.
We are always searching for new innovations. To be working alongside such a prestigious and experienced team of researchers is fantastic. Over the coming year, we intend to invest time and resource into our product development and R&D functions to ensure we deliver the next generation of reinforcements to our customers