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Carbon fibre for composite material applications

BAM Project Partners

The BAM project encompasses the following companies and organisations;

Project Lead – Sigmatex

Antich & Sons

C&J Antich & Sons was founded in 1989 and supplies up to 40,000 metres of fine worsted fabrics per week to the retail and corporate sectors, using a fully computerised operation with statistical process and quality control systems. The company has a strong focus on advanced technology and was responsible, with the Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence and Griffith Textile Machines, for the development of an advanced 3D weaving machine for producing three dimensional preforms direct from the loom. Antich & Sons main composite material development has been in the use of Alumina fibre to reinforce aluminium to create materials with the strength and stiffness of steel, but with the density of aluminium. The company is scaling up its composite facilities to meet the future demands for these materials in vehicle light-weighting opportunities.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems MAI has a long history of airframe design and production manufacture for primary aircraft structures. Currently, MAI has the most comprehensive suite of advanced airframe manufacturing facilities in the UK, where we undertake the design, manufacture and qualification of a complex and diverse product portfolio, consisting of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), Trainer aircraft and Fast Jets. In support of existing products such as Typhoon and F-35, and future UAS programmes, there is a requirement to develop more affordable, next generation airframe manufacturing technologies which will allow the manufacture of customised, complex, products and structures at reduced cost and within shorter delivery times.

Teledyne CML Composites

Teledyne CML Composites provides a comprehensive composites manufacturing service in advanced engineering applications, including components and assemblies for aircraft structures and systems. Teledyne CML Composites can supply the complete turnkey package, from engineering, lay-up, curing, CNC machining, assembly, paint and NDT, which coupled with the added benefit of having in-house metal fabrication and machining capabilities, a “one stop shop” can be offered to the customer looking for a complete composite manufacturing solution.


ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtually replicating the fabrication, assembly and testing of products in different environments. Today, coupled with Virtual Reality, animated by systems models, and benefiting from data analytics, Virtual Prototyping becomes immersive and interactive: ESI’s clients can bring their products to life, ensuring reliable performance, serviceability and maintainability. For more info visit

M. Wright & Sons

M Wright & Sons Ltd is a technical weaving manufacturer. For composite applications, the company develops a range of dry fabrics and preforms for composite reinforcement, including complex woven 3D structures. The aim is to enable structures which are lighter, stiffer, stronger and more economical in resulting end-structures for a range of hi-tech applications. The company specialises in design and characterisation of woven shapes in carbon and hybrid fibre types.

MSC Software

MSC Software is one of the ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation. As a trusted partner, MSC Software helps companies improve quality, save time, and reduce costs associated with design and test of manufactured products. Academic institutions, researchers, and students employ MSC’s technology to expand individual knowledge as well as expand the horizon of simulation. MSC Software employs 1,200 professionals in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC Software’s products and services, please visit


Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. Rolls-Royce operates across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers. In 2015, Rolls-Royce invested £1.2 billion on research and development.

The University of Manchester

Northwest Composites Centre at the University of Manchester and its commercial arm National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility (NCCEF) were setup with funding from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). In addition to serving the short-term testing and manufacturing needs of the composites industry, the centre participates in an number of collaborative R&D programmes funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, AMSCI and the ATI. Established in 1824, University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK; ranks 41st in the world, eighth in Europe and fifth in the UK in the 2015 Shanghai Jiao Tong World Ranking. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied here. University of Manchester invested over £750 million in the last decade and spending further £1 billion to follow by 2022, with the biggest investment in facilities undertaken by any UK university.

The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

University of Bristol

The Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol is based in the Faculty of Engineering and also links to the Science and Medical Faculties. It is a world leading centre for composites education and research, combining cutting edge fundamental science with strong industrial links for exploitation and technology transfer. Visit for more information.

The University of Bristol is ranked among the top five institutions in the UK for its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Bristol is a member of the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a grouping of research-led institutions of international standing.