Episode 7: Frazer Barnes, ELG Carbon Fibre



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Frazer Barnes is managing director at ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd., a composites recycling specialist based in the UK. In Episode 7 of CW Talks, Barnes discusses how he got involved in composites recycling, the carbon fiber waste stream and takes a closer look at the broader recycling market.


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