Airbus working group maps out composites recycling strategy

Through the group, Airbus hopes by 2020-2025 to send 95 percent of carbon fiber composite waste through a recycling channel, with 5 percent of that to be recycled back into the aerospace sector.

Airbus (Toulouse, France) reported on May 5 that it has set up the Airbus Composite Recycling Advisory Board to establish the company’s vision, strategy, objectives and roadmap for recycling and reusing composite materials.

As part of this transnational and transfunctional program, various research and technology projects for recycling carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites are either underway or planned at Airbus sites – in partnership with external organizations. 

These projects seek to examine and validate the techniques and industrialization for recycling and reusing waste products from the CFRP manufacturing process – including hard cured waste and softer uncured materials. 

By 2020-2025, the project targets 95 percent of CFRP manufacturing process wastes to go through a recycling channel, with 5 percent of the waste products to be recycled back into the aerospace sector. 

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