Composites UK reports that the Composites Leadership Forum (CLF) has responded to a recent call for evidence on new or innovative materials from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

In the response, the forum said that:

Composites are an essential part of the UK plan to deliver NetZero.

Life cycle analysis measurement techniques and a database of verifiable materials data to facilitate uptake of new lower embodied carbon materials is essential.

Global requirement for carbon fiber is predicted to out-strip global capacity by 2025. An understanding of the future composite material supply chain requirement is urgently needed.

The UK is world leading in research into composite materials but often fails to secure commercialisation of these ideas in the UK, thereby stifling industry growth, due to lack of funding.

The UK is world-leading in design and production of composite aerospace structures, but support is needed to take advantage of the advanced air mobility market, predicted to be US$510bn globally by 2040.

Increased industry recognition of the need to recycle means composite Industry growth will be stifled without support to develop a cross-sector recycling supply chain.

"Development of a robust composite supply chain is essential to enable to UK to meet its NetZero targets as set out by government,” said Craig Carr, chair of the CLF. “This document highlights the strengths and gaps in the UK to enable this."

The full response can be found here (pdf).