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Composite Recycling Technology Center signs MOU with Toray Composites America

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26 Apr 2016

The Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Toray Composites (America), Inc. to collaborate on carbon fiber recycling efforts.

“As the value of carbon fiber composites continues to transform transportation systems through light-weighting and increased efficiency, we have a responsibility to continually look at the full lifecycle of our products,” said Timothy Kirk, Vice President – Sales and Marketing at Toray Composites America (TCA).  “We foresee future developments, new technologies and new markets with recycling; and we see great alignment with the CRTC’s mission and the broader needs of the carbon fiber materials lifecycle.”

TCA’s primary role will be to provide the supply of scrap carbon fiber materials from TCA to CRTC. Additionally, TCA and the CRTC will work together to enable technical and market developments for recycled products.

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for the CRTC,” said Robert Larsen, CRTC’s CEO. “It ensures a consistent supply of carbon fiber scrap for our recycling efforts that will create beneficial uses for this previously landfilled material that we will turn into new and innovative product applications. Our recycling efforts will create dozens of living wage jobs and reap additional economic, energy, and environmental benefits.”

Founded in Washington State’s Frederickson Industrial Area in 1992, Toray Composites (America), Inc is a leading innovator and supplier of carbon fiber materials. TCA is a solution provider for high-demand aerospace, industrial and recreational customers. Their catalog of industry-leading products is used across sectors and consistently provides value-added materials technology unmatched in the industry. As a leading developer of new composite materials, TCA also incorporates as stand-alone Composite Materials Research Laboratory – focused on new materials and process development through fundamental research and customer collaboration.

Founded in September 2015, the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC) is an innovative non-profit company whose mission is to lead and grow a composite recycling industry that diverts carbon fiber scrap that is destined for landfill, and turns it into value-added products. Since carbon fiber is stronger than steel with 75% less weight, the product applications in segments like transportation, aerospace and high performance sporting goods are boundless. The CRTC will accomplish its mission through direct product manufacturing, by providing technical design services, and by making low-cost recycled carbon fiber feedstock available for other manufacturers to utilize.

The CRTC’s start-up has been made possible by the Port of Port Angeles that pioneered the concept of composite recycling in Clallam County. The Port obtained grant support from Clallam County, Washington State's Clean Energy Fund, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to complete CRTC’s facility. It is scheduled to open in August of 2016. Other significant CRTC partners include Peninsula College, whose composite workforce training program will be co-located with the CRTC, Washington State University, and other research and industry partners throughout the U.S. and internationally.