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Carbon fibre for composite material applications

Sigmatex receives JEC Innovations Award

FibreCycle was a £1.5m UK 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.

The award, which comes under the ‘materials’ category, was presented to Sigmatex (UK) Ltd for work resulting from the FibreCycle programme at the JEC Europe 2012 show in Paris.

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.

Mr Chris McHugh, Sigmatex, Technical Manager, commented “With ever increasing demands for Carbon Fibre products, the conversion of waste into a viable product line is very attractive. The innovative materials developed by the consortium will undoubtedly offer the end user a sustainable product with the minimum knockdown on some material properties compared to virgin material.”