Episode 28: Andrew Maxey, Vartega
Vartega’s Andrew Maxey discusses carbon fiber waste, carbon fiber recovery, and the still-growing market for recovered fibers.
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In this episode of CWTalks, CW editor Jeff Sloan interviews Andrew Maxey, CEO and founder of Vartega (Golden, Colo., U.S.), a Colorado-based carbon fiber recycler.
Andrew started Vartega five years ago in his garage as a newcomer to the composites industry. Since then he’s developed a chemical-based carbon fiber recycling and recovery process, has grown his company and recently moved into a new 10,000-square-foot facility in Golden, Colorado. Jeff and Andrew discuss carbon fiber waste, carbon fiber recovery, and the still-growing market for recovered fibers.
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