Supplies - 389409-2016

05/11/2016    S214    - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Bristol: Miscellaneous general and special-purpose machinery

2016/S 214-389409

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
University of Bristol on behalf of the National Composites Centre
Bristol and Bath Science Park, Feynman Way Central, Emersons Green
BS16 7FS
United Kingdom
Contact person: Mike Caddick
Telephone: +44 1172443905
NUTS code: UK

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Large Scale Automated Composite Deposition Capability.

Reference number: NCC0003MJC021116
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The National Composites Centre intends to procure a series of equipment to provide a Large Scale Automated Composite Deposition Capability to be used for manufacturing research and development purposes.

This Prior Information Notice (PIN) serves to alert the marketplace to this opportunity and the NCC invites interested suppliers to lodge an initial expression of interest by emailing your information to, including any other information which they feel may support the NCC with scoping and planning for this exercise.

Following receipt of Expressions of Interest, it is currently the intention of the NCC to utilise an Open Procedure route under the Public Procurement Regulations 2015, although this may be reviewed following the outcome of this PIN.

Details and guidance on the procurement process will be provided within the tender documentation, including help and support in responding via the e-tendering portal.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UK
Main site or place of performance:

National Composites Centre

Bristol & Bath Science Park

Feynman Way Central

Emersons Green


BS16 7FS.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The functional requirements for the capability are being confirmed with the industry. It is envisaged that the capability is likely to consist of the two work cells similar to those detailed below:

Cell one will have a working volume in the region of 5m x 5m x 5m and will utilise state of the art deposition technologies such as automated fibre placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) capable of deposition of materials such as dry fibre, thermoset and thermoplastic prepregs of multiple widths.

Cell two will have a working volume in the region of 20m x 5m x 2m and will be capable of utilising state of the art AFP/ATL deposition of materials such as dry fibre, thermoset and thermoplastic prepregs of multiple widths. See below.

II.2.14)Additional information

In addition there is a requirement to deposit broad dry reinforcement fabrics (such as non-crimp or woven fabrics) for subsequent resin infusion and out of autoclave curing The equipment must enable deposition of full coverage plies as well as systems for partial coverage plies at high rate and controlled tolerances over multi-layer fabric preforms.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The NCC intends to use the information gathered to shape the proposed procurement process and specification for this project. Commercially confidential information should therefore be marked accordingly. Following consideration of responses the NCC may wish to engage in further discussions with the respondents which may also further help to inform any subsequent Tender documentation. Participating in this market sounding exercise will not guarantee short-listing at a later stage in the procurement, nor will non-participation in this market sounding exercise restrict access to the tender opportunity. As a result of feedback or for any other reason, the NCC may make the decision not to go ahead with any proposed procurement exercise. The NCC will not meet any costs incurred by any party in responding to this notice. The NCC reserves the right to award all, none, or part of the business.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: