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The National Composites Centre intends to procure a Large Scale Resin Infusion Capability to be used for manufacturing research and development purposes.

Contract notice


Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
University of Bristol
1-9 Old Park Hill
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 01179289000
NUTS code: UKK1

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to 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 Resin Infusion Capability.

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 Large Scale Resin Infusion Capability to be used for manufacturing research and development purposes.

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: UKK11
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is an independent, open-access national centre that delivers world-class innovation in the design and rapid manufacture of composites, and facilitates their widespread industrial exploitation.

Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) is one of the core competencies of the NCC and High-Value manufacturing in the UK. In this context, the NCC has identified a need to procure a Large Scale Resin Infusion (LSRI) Capability to directly support key manufacturing and research development programs, whilst widening the potential applicability of LCM processes to large components. This capability must be specified, procured and commissioned to ensure suitability for industrial research and development programs, as well as supporting the maturation of emerging manufacturing technologies from academia towards industrial application.

A key requirement is for a robust system for injecting large resin volumes into a variety of preforms in either vacuum bagged or closed-mould processes. This equipment is to be primarily used in conjunction with a large oven, to produce high quality, high fibre volume fraction composite parts. The injection equipment shall therefore be capable of injecting preforms with both one and two-part resin systems, including aerospace grade epoxies. The system requires closed loop feedback control of key process variables.

The scope of supply is summarised in the following list:



Factory acceptance testing

Installation and commissioning

Connection of services to the equipment

Site acceptance testing

Operator and maintenance training

Comprehensive documentation

Ongoing support and maintenance

Full Specifications and details are within the tender pack located on the e-tendering Portal.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 30
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

Yearly On-going Support to Oven to a maximum 5 of Years after Acceptance of Goods (30+12+12+12 Month Term):

- Annual Warranty Years 3-5.

- Annual Maintenance Years 3-5.

- Annual Spare Parts and Consumables Years 3-5.

- Annual Software Licensing, Maintenance, Updates and Upgrade Costs Years 3-5.

Technical Options:

Cost Option 1 - Additional heated injection lines

Cost Option 2 - Replacement of all components in contact with wet resin for stainless steel

Cost Option 3 - Method for measuring viscosity of the resin in each conditioning reservoir

Cost Option 4 - System capable of processing non-epoxy resin systems.

II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

A Parent Company Guarantee and/or Bank Guarantee and Performance Bond may be required.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 18/09/2017
Local time: 13:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 18/09/2017
Local time: 13:30

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
University of Bristol
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
United Kingdom
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: