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NetComposites has scooped another major independent award, their third in 12 months, for its unique eBusiness activities and strategy in the worldwide composites industry.

The awards dinner held at the East Midlands Conference Centre on Thursday 22nd February saw NetComposites take the prize for the Best Use of eBusiness. The award follows quickly on from NetComposites’ recognition as partner finalist in the JEC awards for e-comp, an online software tool for composites developed by CRIC, Aimplas, NetComposites, IZR Solutions, James Quinn Associates and Molder Disnova. NetComposites was one of just six small businesses recognised at last year’s Shell Springboard environmental business awards, for its work in developing new products from self-reinforced plastics.

NetComposites’ core business is in creating knowledge for the composites community, through research, consultancy and technology transfer, and the entire strategy of the business revolves around the complete integration of their online and offline activities.

The web site that has evolved from this strategy (www.netcomposites.com) now contains around 12000 pages of free information on composite materials, ranging from weekly news stories and general articles on composites through to very specific technical advice - it is therefore exceptionally well-linked and indexed and typically attracts over 200,000 user sessions each month.

Gordon Bishop, NetComposites' Managing Director, said ""We are delighted to have won this award for the best use of eBusiness and it is fantastic to receive recognition of the fact that intimate integration of eBusiness has been key to our successful growth. We have exciting plans to grow the business in the coming months and eBusiness will continue to be an integral part of our strategy.""

Jonathan McLeod, EMDA Board member with responsibility for eBusiness, said: “These Awards are about celebrating the success of real businesses using technology to do better business, and the judges have noted the sheer breadth of activity and innovation that all finalists are engaged in. These businesses have changed the way they think about how you can run a business – taking technology and integrating it into the fabric of their business. There is perhaps no one trigger for this change but all of the businesses have done it for sound commercial reasons – to survive, to compete and to prosper - and I would like to congratulate them on their achievements.”