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Liberty Advanced Composites named Sigmatex partner

Liberty Advanced Composites, manufacturer of carbon composite components and assemblies for a range of industry applications, are a key partner in a brand new government project. Funded through the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) and delivered by The Sigmatex Lightweighting Excellence Programme, it aims to accelerate the use of composites in volume automotive manufacturing.

Liberty Advanced Composites has considerable expertise in the engineering and manufacture of carbon composites for the automotive industry. The business has a racing and motorsport pedigree with projects such as the Caparo T1, and in the last few years it has also been making in-roads in volume lightweight component manufacturing. It currently caters to both prototype and full production runs of parts and assemblies within short time scales; and it can build to print, providing clients with their in-house designed components, composite tooling and any additional support required.

In delivering the above programme with a total value of £7.15 million and led by Sigmatex, Liberty Advanced Composites joins other prestigious organisations in the field of lightweighting such as Cranfield University, Expert Tooling & Automation, Granta Design, Group Rhodes, LMAT, Surface Generation, Tilsatec, Axillium Research and Axillium Lightfellows. The consortium will address the lack of capability in the automotive sector to manufacture composite components at high volumes of scale in the UK by connecting the key elements of designing, manufacturing and creating capacity for production. It will offer OEMs and partners the opportunity to accelerate capability in lightweight structures to achieve weight reduction targets driven by stricter EU emission legislation which comes into effect in 2020. The Consortium has been developed in line with the industrial strategy of BIS and it is aligned with the Automotive Council’s lightweight technology strategy. The partners will work to understand the challenges for vehicle OEMs in the areas of lightweight design, manufacturing and production growth to meet a high volume UK capability.

Mark Dickie, Business Unit Manager at Liberty Advanced Composites, comments on the announcement: “We are delighted to be a part of this prestigious project which will undoubtedly introduce a qualitative change to the automotive industry, benefit the environment and most importantly create and safeguard jobs. We will be working closely with three major UK OEMs to understand and address internal and external challenges. This is a real opportunity to create a UK supply chain that is able and capable to meet the future demands of this important and growing industry, and we are proud to be a part of it.”