RECYCLING

Materials

IntegriCo Composites expands existing composite rail tie production into high-growth markets

Company bolsters existing product line into pipeline skids and construction matting parts while maintaining a continued focus on recycled plastic sustainability solutions. 

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Materials

UMaine awarded $2.8 million to accelerate AM wind blade development 

Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%
#biomaterials #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Wevolver, Mitsubishi launch KyronMAX composites design challenge

Designers are invited to submit a product, part, or concept that uses KyronMAX’s range of high-strength, carbon fiber-based composites for a $25,000 prize and prototype development support.

Glass Fibers

Johns Manville launches thermal recycling unit for glass fiber waste

The unit provides a projected recycling capacity of more than three tons per hour and will keep more than ten thousand tons of waste out of landfills annually.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

DecomBlades consortium awarded funding for a cross-sector wind turbine blade recycling project

A 10-partner consortium has received funding for a three-year R&D project aiming at commercialization of sustainable techniques for recycling wind blades.  
#siemensgamesa #sustainability #vestas

Videos / Podcasts

Materials

Rhode Island boat recycling program plans expansion to other states

Having recycled 60 tons of fiberglass in two years, the RIMTA program will expand to Conn., Mass., Maine and Wash. state via funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Automotive

Industrial production line for recycling thermoplastic polymers and composites into organosheet

ThermoPRIME and Thermosaïc technologies recycle plastic and composite waste via modular, flexible equipment.
#cuttingtools #peek #sustainability

Consumer

Britannia boat cradles manufactured with ELG recycled carbon fiber

ELG Carbon Fibre has processed more than 1.2 metric tonnes of INEOS Team UK’s carbon fiber waste materials to produce two cradles for the new race boat.
#outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Episode 29: John McQuilliam, Prodrive Composites

Prodrive Composite’s John McQuilliam discusses the company’s primary to tertiary (P2T) carbon fiber composite recycling process.
#trends #weaving #precursor

Thermoplastics

Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal

Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.
#workinprogress #regulation #sustainability

Pultrusion

AeroLas explores new spinning technology for thermoplastic hybrid yarn

AeroLas is working to combine recycled carbon fiber with PEEK using adapted art textile machines and a patented air guided ring spinning technology. 
#weaving #braiding #peek

Mass Transit

IntegriCo Composites expands existing composite rail tie production into high-growth markets

Company bolsters existing product line into pipeline skids and construction matting parts while maintaining a continued focus on recycled plastic sustainability solutions. 
#sustainability

Molds/Tools

UMaine awarded $2.8 million to accelerate AM wind blade development 

Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%
#biomaterials #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Wevolver, Mitsubishi launch KyronMAX composites design challenge

Designers are invited to submit a product, part, or concept that uses KyronMAX’s range of high-strength, carbon fiber-based composites for a $25,000 prize and prototype development support.

Glass Fibers

Johns Manville launches thermal recycling unit for glass fiber waste

The unit provides a projected recycling capacity of more than three tons per hour and will keep more than ten thousand tons of waste out of landfills annually.
#sustainability

Wind/Energy

DecomBlades consortium awarded funding for a cross-sector wind turbine blade recycling project

A 10-partner consortium has received funding for a three-year R&D project aiming at commercialization of sustainable techniques for recycling wind blades.  
#siemensgamesa #sustainability #vestas

Carbon Fibers

SHAPE Machining, Supernatural-X collaborate on composite electric guitar

Made from reclaimed carbon fiber, the lightweight guitar possesses excellent tuning stability, and zero RF interference.

NEW PRODUCTS: RECYCLING

Thermoplastics

ICP thermoplastic tension members enable flex strength improvement

TM continuous fiber-reinforced rods help plastic parts perform more like metal by increasing load capacity and overall stiffness of the molded part. 

Materials

Avient launches reSound R recycled content portfolios

Formerly PolyOne, Avient expands the range of sustainable solutions with its thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), polyamide and polycarbonate portfolios.

Core

EconCore licenses recycled PET honeycomb core technology

The company’s rPET honeycomb core is made from more than 95% recycled PET and is reported to outperform PP honeycomb cores.

Materials

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
#peek #precursor

Core

EconCore evolves thermoplastic, recycled honeycomb core materials

EconCore’s latest research is focused on high-performance honeycombs and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) honeycomb technology.
#outofautoclave