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Future Composites Technology ltd was incorporated in 2010, founded by James Hawker CEng MIMechE.

James has worked with composite materials for most of his life and has been engineering structural composite components for much of his professional career.

Future Composites initially started out making lightweight carbon fibre foam and honeycomb sandwich construction surf kayaks and waveskis branded “Future Kayaks” and “Future Waveskis”. James is a multiple time British Surf Kayaking Champion, multiple time World Surf Kayaking Championship medalist and Senior Category Waveski World Cup Winner. Future Kayaks was the first kayak manufacturer worldwide to infuse a complete kayak shell, including the cockpit rim, in a single infusion process.

James’ professional career started as a design and safety engineer within the nuclear industry, where he obtained a thorough understanding of safety critical engineering and engineering quality assurance. After this, he worked as a senior composites engineer before being promoted to being the technical manager for composites work at Babcock Marine, Devonport, UK. His experience there included a variety of structural composite repairs to steel offshore structure (oil and gas), marine structure and ships and civil structure. He was also involved in a number of composite design tasks for superyachts. He was involved in several EU and UK government funded industry research projects as well as academic research relating to composite adhesive structural repairs of steel structures.

Within Future Composites Technology ltd, James has engineered both composites and mechanical designs, including:

  • Composites design for recreational craft to BS EN ISO 12215
  • Composites design for manned submersibles with DNVGL as the approval society (Future Composites’ manufacturing workshop is also DNVGL approved)
  • Subsea pipework, including a bespoke designed subsea pipe swivel using polymer bushings for 400barg service pressure
  • 2800rpm 30kW subsea motor for 4000m operating depth
  • 900rpm 30kW subsea motor for 4000m operating depth
  • Vacuum encapsulation of motor windings
  • Pump modifications for subsea operation
  • Subsea structure and analysis
  • Pressure Equipment Directive vessel design
  • External pressure buckling analysis for pressure vessels

James’ interest in pattern manufacturing led the company to develop several in house CNC machines for making composite tooling. More recently the company has built a number of 3D printers for commercial work, including one large enough to print kayak moulds/patterns.

Future Composites’ core workload is now focused on structural applications of composites and other critical engineering, but we continue to design and make surf kayak patterns and moulds for Ride Kayaks (www.ride-kayaks.co.uk) and our designs won more medals at the most recent World Championships than any other manufacturer.