Goodrich wins award for carbon fiber recycling

Goodrich's used carbon fiber disk brakes for aircraft are being recycled as a raw material source in steel production.

Goodrich Corp.’s (Charlotte, N.C., USA) Aircraft Wheels and Brakes site in Pueblo, Colo., has been chosen for the top environmental award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). The “24 Karat Gold Leader” award recognizes one company, out of several leading companies, that demonstrates the most innovative environmental stewardship.

Goodrich was selected for the award based on its carbon recycling program. As a manufacturer of carbon disk aircraft brakes, Goodrich receives worn disks from airlines worldwide for possible refurbishment and reuse. Some disks do not meet the strict criteria for refurbishment. Rather than scrapping the disks, Goodrich worked with Evraz/Rocky Mountain Steel Mill in Pueblo to devise a method to allow disks to be used as a carbon raw material source in steel production. Furthermore, the team found a way to recycle the disks without any additional treatment, avoiding any associated environmental consequences. Over the last 12 months, more than 208 tons of post-consumer carbon disks from Goodrich were recycled for use in the manufacture of steel products.

Brian Brandewie, president, Goodrich Aircraft Wheels and Brakes, said, “Our team in Pueblo is demonstrating its commitment to continuous improvement and environmental stewardship. Keeping these used carbon disks out of landfills is the right thing to do for our community, and we will continue to seek innovative ways to use technology to reduce our environmental impact.”

The ELP is a statewide environmental recognition and reward program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Sustainability Program. The ELP offers benefits and incentives to members that voluntarily go beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and are committed to continual environmental improvement.

In other Goodrich news, the company's Aircraft Wheels and Brakes business has been selected by flydubai (Dubai, UAE) to supply wheels and carbon brakes for its new fleet of 54 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. The selection is expected to generate up to $22 million in revenue over the life of the contract, including aftermarket support. Aircraft deliveries with the Goodrich wheel and brake equipment are expected to begin in March 2010 and continue through 2013. The wheels and carbon brakes will use Goodrich's proprietary DURACARB carbon material, which will provide a weight savings of approximately 700 lb/318 kg per airplane compared to high-capacity steel brakes, and 550 lb/250 kg compared to standard capacity steel brakes.