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Umeco’s Structural materials business, previously known as Advanced Composites Group (ACG), is pleased to announce that it was Lead Partner in the multi-partner UK project ‘FibreCycle’ which has received a JEC Innovations Award.
The award, which comes under the ‘materials’ category, has been presented to Sigmatex Ltd. (UK) for work resulting from the FibreCycle programme.
FibreCycle was a £1.5m UK funded research project part-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, an executive body established by the UK Government. It ran for approximately four years and was composed of six partners: Umeco (Lead Partner), Tilsatec, Sigmatex, Exel Composites, NetComposites and the University of Leeds. The aim of this project was to develop materials based on carbon fibres recovered from waste streams to allow manufacturing of technical fabric for thermoplastic and thermoset applications in the composites industry.
FibreCycle successfully demonstrated ground-breaking technology to recover carbon fibres. The project showcased that high-value products based on recovered/recycled carbon fibres could offer commercial potential. These materials, which have significantly lower environmental impact than virgin carbon fibre-based materials, are suitable for many applications, especially in the automotive, aerospace, sports & leisure, medical and energy sectors.
Dr Sophie Cozien-Cazuc, Umeco, FibreCycle project manager, said: “Umeco is mindful of the impact that its operations have on the environment and is keen to promote the application of recycled composites and sustainable bio-composites. Accordingly, we actively engage with organisations seeking to develop cost-effective solutions aimed at reclaiming raw materials from our prepregs.”
Umeco’s activities are truly global and focused on delivering advanced composites innovation and a range of services, from structural and process materials to tooling and distribution solutions to its customers. FibreCycle is just one of the many Collaborative Research and Development projects that the company is involved in.