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NEWS IN BRIEF


Light fantastic BSI is carrying out research into the use of lightweight composite materials in the transport sector to determine how standards might stimulate the uptake of these materials Identifying what industry needs to help support the uptake of composites as alternatives to heavier, traditional materials will deliver significant economic benefits to UK industry. Lighter materials can reduce fuel consumption and emissions in the transport industry. In the research, which is being funded


by BEIS, BSI is looking to identify how standards can help designers and specifiers consider composites as a serious proposition and where standards can help create new supply chains or improve existing supply chains.


The UK has the opportunity to grow its current £2.3bn composite product


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market to £12bn by 2030 but uptake has been slower than expected. Growth has been hindered by a lack of confidence or knowledge of performance or design of composites when specifying materials. The research will identify where the


standards gaps are that need to be filled and other barriers to the transport industry adopting lightweight materials. The findings will enable BSI to develop a UK standards strategy for lightweight materials and prioritize a long term programme of work.


Offsite construction research project


BSI has teamed up with Loughborough University to research the current and potential role of standards in offsite construction to understand their benefits and how they can be maximized. Offsite construction describes the planning, design or assembling of constituent building parts in a factory or a location away from the final destination. It is rapidly changing the way industry


approaches construction and is expected to transform product development and building processes, and have a dramatic impact on productivity, efficiency and cost. Modern methods of construction have been outpacing the development of industry best practice and well defined standards are needed to maximize the benefits of developing building techniques. This research project will


establish the current scope of standards and lay down a blueprint for future development. The results of this research can be


found in BSI’s offsite construction white paper.


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The research is In line with the


Government’s Industrial Strategy and the Grand Challenge on ‘the future of mobility’, which recognizes the potential of composites in a number of sectors, particularly the use of lightweight materials. A Government spokesman said, “This BSI


research will help develop a clear pathway to support the regulatory framework for light weighting in relation to composites and so play a key role in developing the industry and its associated sectors.”


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