The newly-launched Composites Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) was introduced to the international composites community at the 2016 JEC World Composites Show and Conference that took place outside Paris, France on March 8 – 10. This annual event is the largest gathering of companies involved in the composite industry in the world with more than 30,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors. It provides the best opportunity to make crucial industry connections and learn about new industry developments.
A Port Angeles delegation was included in the Washington State Department of Commerce booth. Participants included Jennifer States from the Port of Port Angeles, Bob Larsen and Geoffrey Wood of the CRTC, and Jill teVelde of Peninsula College.
The Port has had a presence at this world-wide conference in recent years to promote the local composites industry at the Composites Manufacturing Campus at the Airport Industrial Park. The Port Angeles delegation shared a booth organized by the Washington State Department of Commerce (WDC) as co-exhibitors together with other Washington State organizations and companies. This is the most cost-effective way to gain visibility with the international composites industries.
All the key players in the global composite industry were gathered under one roof at the JEC Composites Conference for three days. CRTC and the Port representatives took advantage of this opportunity by having multiple meetings each day. It was an extremely time efficient way to initiate contact, holdmeetings and have discussions with industry leaders and senior decision-makers, composite manufacturers, and suppliers.
From the WDC website: “Washington State is one of the few places in the nation, if not the world, where the entire composites supply chain is represented,” said Commerce Director Brian Bonlender. “From our research labs to factory oors and breaking new ground in composite recycling technology, this industry is creating good jobs and economic activity in communities large and small, urban and rural, throughout the state.”
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Jennifer States, the Port’s Director of Business Development, attended the conference to attract new businesses to Clallam County. She developed twosignificant leads with companies who are now considering Port Angeles for their planned facilities: one for aircraft manufacture and another for recycling cured carbon ber. For the latter company, being located near the CRTC is a major attraction. “JEC World provided a great opportunity to once again put Port Angeles on the world stage for composite manufacturing,” said Jennifer. “The Washington State Booth saw a stream of interested companies and organizations look- ing to connect on composite recycling.”
Composites Manufacturing Campus
Construction is underway on a new Port facility for the CRTC and Peninsula College’s Composite Manufacturing program, both located at the Port’s Composite Manufacturing Campus. The facility was made possible by $4 million in infrastructure grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Washington State Clean Energy Fund through WDC, and from Clallam County’s Opportunity Fund.
CRTC is a first-in-the-world company to divert and repurpose carbon- ber pre-preg scrap from the land fill, transforming it into commercially viable products. This generated significant interest with composite industry leaders at JEC because they are pioneering an economically viable way to solve a major problems holding back the growth of the carbon ber industry – its high volume of scrap. Washington State produces more than 2 million pounds ofcarbon ber pre-preg scrap each year, providing an ample supply of this material for reuse. However, up to now, no company has been able to demonstrate a market demand for this material. CRTC statements made important connections with companies and organizations. “We have already executed seven new non-disclosure agreements, signaling significant new business relationships providing substantive benefits,” said Bob Larsen, CRTC’s CEO. “We metwith senior leadership from the world’s largest composites suppliers and users, laying the groundwork for multiple new partnerships and opportunities in the near future.”
The day before JEC opened, CRTC made an invited presentation at the American Composite Manufacturing Association’s Global Recycling Workshop. The presentation was well received by the mix of EU and US attendees, generating considerable interest in CRTC’s progress and potential. The Workshop showed the CRTC was in a world leadership position in recycling carbon ber pre-preg.
Bob Larsen will be making a series of presentations around Clallam County to service clubs, business groups and other public entities to share more information about the CRTC’s progress. Watch local media for times and dates.