Ventac awarded Services Exporter of the Year

We are delighted to announce that Ventac were awarded with Services Exporter of the Year at the Irish Exporters Association, Export Industry Awards 2017 on Friday night. It was a great achievement and honour for Ventac to have received the award and it is a true reflection of the work,

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Europe to manufacture ships of the future

A new European research project seeks to revolutionize the shipbuilding sector by replacing steel with composite materials for the construction of more efficient large length ships.

FIBRESHIP is an ambitious project that will allow for the construction of light commercial vessels, passenger and leisure transport and oceanographic vessels more than 50 meters in length using fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composite materials.

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Bernal unveils one of the most powerful microscopes in the world

A multi-million-Euro microscope funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the University of Limerick (UL), was unveiled 0n June 21st at UL’s Bernal Institute. The new microscope will allow researchers to study materials at an atomic level in real-world conditions and is one of only a handful of microscopes with these capabilities worldwide.The Titan Themis is a double-corrected,

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Dr. Terry McGrail has been awarded the Leslie Holliday Award 2017

IComp Director, Dr Terry McGrail has been awarded the 2017 Leslie Holliday Award Prize from the UK’s Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). This prestigious award recognises those who have made a significant technological contribution relating to any type of composite material.

Terry can be considered as the primary person behind the development of second generation toughened epoxy systems for aerospace composites applications,

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UL to Lead CONFIRM – Centre for Smart Manufacturing funded by SFI

Science Foundation Ireland today announced that it will invest €72 million over the next six years in four new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.  The new SFI Research Centres will be supported by 80 industry partners who will provide an additional €38 million to support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement,

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Easaform Conference 2017

The International Conference, Easaform2017 was held in DCU, in April. The conference addressed numerous disciplines ranging from metallics to composites to ceramics. The presentations included all aspects of material forming processes, from the processing procedure itself to material interaction, both numerically and experimentally, ranging from the nano to macro scale.

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Joining of Composites Conference

IComp, in partnership with The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) UK (, organised an international conference on ‘Joining of Composites’ on 21st March 2017 in the world class Titanic conference facility in Belfast.

The 12 speakers were predominantly from industry as were the 86 delegates. The comprehensive programme was aimed at identifying the challenges to industry of joining composite to composite and composite to metal,

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SFI Infrastructure Award for Composites and Plastics Joining Suite in UL

Professor Conor McCarthy has been awarded €921k from the SFI Infrastructure Programme for the establishment of The Composites and Plastics Joining Suite, at the University of Limerick. This is a unique set of tools to join virtually any pair of materials or components to form new lightweight hybrid products with increased functionality for higher added value consumer products being manufactured in Ireland.

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