ELG Carbon Fibre announces UK expansion

Company will increase capacity of its UK facility to satisfy volume demand.

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ELG Carbon Fibre (Coseley, West Midlands, UK), a market leader in recycled carbon fiber materials, announced March 5 plans to increase the capacity of their UK facility to satisfy increasing demand from large volume, commercial applications that require product supply on a significant scale.  

Investments are focused on increasing the capacity to recover fiber from uncured prepreg and laminate feedstock and the commercialization of the company’s CARBISO MB product line for reinforced thermoplastic compounds.

This growth has been driven predominately by development projects and technical collaborations with leading automotive and aerospace OEM’s and Tier 1s during the past two years.

ELG’s existing UK facility currently houses specialized reclamation and conversion equipment that supports the manufacture of recycled carbon fiber products to be reintroduced into the supply chain.

In 2016 to promote the use of recycled carbon in the composites industry, ELG installed a custom built, nonwoven production line to manufacture carbon fiber and hybrid thermoplastic mats in aerial weights from 100-500 gsm and widths up to 2.7m. These products are currently being used in production automotive programs.

ELG is now directing resource into the commercialization of the CARBISO MB products for the reinforced thermoplastic compounds industry. MB products are produced through the conversion of high grade, chopped fibers into a pellet form and tailored to applications that would traditionally have used chopped virgin carbon fiber.

ELG’s technical partners Sanko Gosei have been integral in the development phases of the MB range. Both parties have conducted extensive trials replacing glass fiber reinforced compounds with ELG’s recycled carbon fiber reinforced compounds in a variety of demonstration parts and achieved impressive weight reductions.

To support this growth in the production of finished products, ELG is upgrading its pyrolysis furnace to increase its output capacity beyond the current 1,000 tonnes of carbon fiber per year. This upgrade will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018, after which ELG estimates it will be able to deliver 1,700 tonnes of carbon fiber products to its customers from the Coseley plant each year.

 “We are very focused on investments that offer customers a viable, high volume alternative to costly virgin carbon fiber,” comments Frazer Barnes, managing director ELG Carbon. “Recycling carbon fibers and converting them into consistent, affordable products is now a reality and we can deliver products in the significant quantities required at the speed the industry demands.” 

ELG Carbon Fibre is exhibiting in Hall 5, Booth F12 at JEC World in Paris March 6-8.