The Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre was established in 2010 as the result of a partnership between Wrexham University, Airbus and Welsh Government. Based near Airbus in Bretton, the centre has helped thousands of aerospace industry employees and apprentices to develop their composite manufacturing skills. 

Composite materials consist of two or more substances combined to produce properties which cannot be achieved by the individual components alone; they play a pivotal role in aircraft manufacturing by increasing performance and carbon efficiency whilst providing opportunity to reduce costs. Our state-of-the-art laboratory enables research, teaching, industry collaboration, training and skills development, to help develop faster manufacturing and processing techniques for composite materials. 

What we do

Developing advanced composites for application:

  • Low temperature testing
  • Advanced curing process
  • Rapid Processing

Composites Centre Transcript


Research led by Wrexham University is targeted at developing faster manufacturing and processing techniques for composite materials, to help meet future demand for aircraft and composites in general.

The centre has undertaken research work with aeronautical companies, military supporting companies and wider industry in processing resin, materials and samples to reduce the amount of time it takes to process composites.  

Research areas include:

  • Out of autoclave processing (microwave)
  • Chemistry – cure kinetics 
  • Composite Optics, utilising links with the cutting-edge research centre for the Opto-Electronics technology industry in St Aspah  

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Work with us

Wrexham University welcomes enquiries from industry and academia to establish new collaborative research links and can offer short term consultancy or contracted research.


Where to find us

Advanced Composite Training and Development Centre


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