Collaboration on Carbon Fiber Recycling will help advance the composites industry
Port Angeles, WA—March 10, 2017—The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) based in Port Angeles, WA and ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd (ELG) based in Coseley, UK, announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling.
Under the terms of the agreement, the CRTC and ELG will develop innovative ways to utilize the carbon fiber that gets reclaimed by ELG’s state of the art pyrolysis process, and turn it into value added products that positively impact people’s lives and our environment.
“We are thrilled and honored to be working with an outstanding company like ELG. Their industry-leading recycling process and technical know-how allows for them to recover carbon fiber from cured materials at a very competitive price. We see opportunities to combine their recovered carbon fiber with our repurposed carbon fiber pre-preg to produce a wide range of value-added products. In addition, the CRTC is interested in manufacturing products from ELG’s blend of recycled carbon fiber and thermoplastics. This high-performance, low-cost material opens up significant doors for collaboration on multiple product applications” said David Walter, Chief Operating Officer of the CRTC.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work closely with the CRTC and are already discussing some major projects that will kick-start the recycled carbon fiber industry on an international level. Our fiber and resins combined with their research, product development expertise, and production capabilities are an excellent match that will lead to multiple innovations” said Frazer Barnes, Managing Director of ELG.
“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for the CRTC,” said Robert Larsen, CEO of the CRTC. “Working closely with ELG means that we can provide a one-stop carbon fiber recycling team that addresses the needs of large-scale generators of carbon fiber scrap. It also provides the CRTC with a consistent supply of low-cost recycled carbon fiber and thermoplastics. When combined with our recycled carbon fiber pre-preg, it will create dozens of beneficial uses for this previously landfilled material. We believe this partnership creates significant opportunities for high volume production of cost-competitive components for automotive and Clean Energy applications. Our product development efforts and subsequent manufacturing initiatives will create living wage jobs for our community and will reap significant additional economic, energy, and environmental benefits.”
For additional information:
CRTC Contact: David Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org), COO, 1-360-819-1203
ELG Contact: Frazer Barnes (email@example.com), Managing Director, +011 44 (1902) 406010
About ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (ELG):
ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. are the pioneers of sustainable CFRP recycling. Our UK site is based in the West Midlands and our global expansion plans include the launch of additional overseas facilities. Our goal is to help business avoid the unnecessary cost of disposing of their scrap waste and end-of-life carbon fibre composites to land-fill or incineration plants. These have both a cash and environmental cost. ELG Carbon Fibre offer a range of high quality recycled carbon fibre products at competitive prices in forms that are readily usable in a number of industrial applications. Please visit our website at www.elg.de/en/home for more information.
About the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC):
Founded in September 2015, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) is an innovative independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, whose mission is to inspire and grow the global composite recycling community through innovation in technology and manufacturing, that transforms carbon fiber scrap into products that positively impact people’s lives and our environment. Since carbon fiber is stronger than steel at one third the weight, the product applications in segments like transportation, aerospace and high performance sporting goods are boundless. The CRTC is accomplishing its mission by providing direct product manufacturing and technical design services, as well as by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.
The CRTC is supported through commitments from the Port of Port Angeles, with infrastructure investment from partners at the US Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration, WA State’s Clean Energy Fund, Clallam County, and the City of Port Angeles. Find out more at www.compositerecycling.org
The CRTC campus also houses Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing-Composite Technology program with classrooms, offices, and lab facilities. The program gives students hands-on training in advanced materials recycling and remanufacturing techniques. Co-location with the CRTC provides students with unequaled opportunities for internships, manufacturing and R&D experience, and exposure to production operations. Learn more at www.pencol.edu/composites