Welcome to the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

The Centre for Advanced Composite Materials (CACM) is based at the University of Auckland’s Newmarket campus.

CACM brings together expertise from engineering, science and medical faculties to undertake fundamental, applied and industrially-focused research on synthetic and bio-based composite materials, manufacturing processes, design, analysis and experimental characterisation.

The centre has more than 70 staff and postgraduate students, and a comprehensive range of testing and analysis capabilities. CACM collaborates with other New Zealand and international researchers, and works directly with many New Zealand companies.

Including the synergistic research area in the Plastics Centre of Excellence, CACM covers approximately 3,500m² and includes a large, open plan laboratory area with a range of specialised equipment and a mechanical testing laboratory.


  • Overview

    Our modern, purpose built facility houses a community of multidisciplinary research staff and students.

  • Contact us

    Our key staff contacts and where to find us.

  • Our research

    The Centre undertakes both pre-competitive research and contract research in the areas of design, manufacture and evaluation of advanced polymers and composites.

  • Our people

    As a large multidisciplinary institute the centre has a range of academic, scientific, technical and administrative staff.

  • Publications

    Our research efforts produce a steady flow of publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences around the world.

  • Facilities

    An extensive workshop, in addition to manufacturing and test facilities, allow us to create and analyse novel materials and processes here at the Newmarket Campus.

  • Courses and training

    Undergraduate and postgraduate study options in the field of novel composite materials and structures.

  • Photo galleries

    Browse images from some of the events and activities hosted by CACM.