Cygnet Texkimp is delighted to announce its role in a new £40m, government-backed consortium led by world-leading, tier 1 aerospace supplier GKN Aerospace and supported by independent research and innovation organisation Axillium Research.

ASCEND is a three-year collaboration bringing together the expertise and resources of a number of the UK’s leading companies to accelerate the development of composite materials and process technologies, improve adoption of composite technologies and boost production rates to meet future high-volume requirements in the aerospace and automotive markets.

Cygnet Texkimp’s role in the consortium is to develop new processing machinery used in the  storage of hydrogen to exploit fuel cell technology.

Luke Vardy, CEO of Cygnet Texkimp, said: “ASCEND is a hugely significant project in terms of uniting the UK’s leading expertise in composites to develop world-class technologies and a supply chain that will support demand for high-volume composites in the aerospace and automotive sectors. This is an exciting new chapter for UK composites and lightweighting technology and one that we are thrilled to be part of.”

Read the full press release from GKN Aerospace here.