Composite Recycling Technology Center earns 2017 Washington Manufacturing Award from Seattle Business Magazine
PORT ANGELES – In the first 5 months of its operation, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) has earned the Silver Award for Sustainability from Seattle Business Magazine. A total of 16 awards were made to pioneering Washington manufacturing companies at an awards ceremony Wednesday evening at the Museum of Flight that attracted business leaders from across the state.
“We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from Seattle Business Magazine for our first product,” said Bob Larsen, CRTC CEO. “If the business community loved our first product, wait until they see the other products we have in our pipeline,” he added. “We are readying a raft of products for the industrial, consumer, and public markets, with several due to be launched before the end of the year. We’re gunning for the Gold Sustainability award for 2018!” The award program was supported by presenting sponsor Chase Commercial Banking and signature sponsors Moss Adams and Impact Washington.
The CRTC, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was launched by the Port of Port Angeles as an economic development initiative to respond to the growing need of the composite and aerospace industries to recycle and reuse remnants from their production processes.
The CRTC is the only facility in the world to divert uncured carbon fiber composite scrap from landfills and transform it into consumer products. It moved into a new production facility on 18th Street in Port Angeles in August, 2016. The CRTC production process using recycled carbon fiber uses only 10 percent of the energy needed for like products made from virgin carbon fiber.
About 29 million pounds of carbon fiber composite scrap ends up in U.S. landfills every year -- 2 million pounds of that is produced in Washington state, which is a volume expected to double over the next five to eight years, with the expansion of regional manufacturing.
The CRTC has a supply and technical support agreement with Toray Composites America, and a multi-faceted agreement with ELG Carbon Fibre for joint recycled carbon fiber supply, and materials and product development.
Funding for the CRTC, its new recycling facility, and production equipment was provided by the Port of Port Angeles, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Clallam County Opportunity Fund, with the City of Port Angeles providing significant in-kind support.
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 CRTC provides students with unequaled opportunities for internships, manufacturing and R&D experience, and exposure to production operations.
For more information, see www.compositerecycling.org.