National Composites Centre Announces New Innovation Partnership with Reaction Engines Ltd

17 April 2019:  The National Composites Centre (NCC) is delighted to announce that Reaction Engines Ltd have joined the NCC’s membership network. Reaction Engines, based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire are developing the technologies needed for a new class of innovative hypersonic propulsion system, the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, known as SABREä.

The partnership with the NCC will focus on accelerating the company’s research in ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).  Lightweight, durable and with superior thermal resistance properties, CMCs will play a critical role in the development of components for the rapidly growing commercial space market.

Announcing the partnership, Richard Oldfield, CEO, National Composites Centre said: “The NCC’s partnership with Reaction Engines reflects our ambition to enable every hi-tech industry to access state-of-the-art composite manufacturing technology and technical specialists to accelerate their use of composites.  We are looking forward to working with a team that share the NCC’s commitment and drive to turn research innovation into commercially viable components.”

Richard Varvill, Chief Technology Officer, Reaction Engines said: “Reaction Engines has recently joined the National Composites Centre to accelerate its ceramic matrix composites research.  This allows us to leverage NCC expertise and assist in the development of a UK supply chain leading to a supply of prototype components to meet the demands of the SABREä development programme.”


For further information please contact:

Jools Granville, Communications Director, National Composites Centre

T: 0117 244 3905 or

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About NCC

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is one of seven centres that form the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and focuses on accelerating the adoption of high-value, sustainable engineering solutions in composites, in order to stimulate growth, and enhance capability for the benefit of the UK.  The NCC has over 350 specialist composites engineers based at its facility and offers open-access to cutting-edge digital manufacturing technology for the design, and development of new composite products pulling through technology from the lab to large-scale production.