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Last week staff from NetComposites attended a reception at the House of Lords. The event was hosted by Lord Haskel and had been organised by the Materials KTN to showcase the work of a number of high tech companies who they had supported. This event brought together 150 representatives from industry and academia.

Delegates to the event had to go through security at Black Rod’s Garden Entrance. The first thing they saw was a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle made by MicroCab which was parked in the courtyard outside the Cholmondeley room. Prof. John Jostins gave a brief presentation explaining how the Materials KTN helped establish a consortium to bid for EU funding which led to the MU-TOOL project. This project is developing an alternative method of microwave processing of composites to enable the rapid and low-cost production of composite parts.

Other presentations included one by Roger Davidson who explained how Ketonix were put in touch with investors by Materials KTN and enabled access to R & D facilities at Oxford University thus helping in the synthesis of super engineering polymers for extremely demanding applications. Amy Winters explained how technical textiles were finding use in the fashion industry and showcased her “Thunderstorm” sound reactive dress.

The event also provided an opportunity for Materials KTN to launch a new report from the technical textiles group – 'Developments in Olympic Clothing and Textiles'. It explores the underlying technologies which made improvements possible in the design and manufacture of sports kit for this year's Games in London. Many of them involved the use of polymeric materials. The report is downloadable from www.materialsktn.net