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Strong, Lightweight and Recyclable: Has This Startup Discovered the Holy Grail of Carbon-Fiber Composites?

Carbon-fiber composites can be recycled into new material that is as strong and lightweight as the originals, according to a team of CU-Boulder researchers. The researchers, in a paper published online in the journal Advanced Materials, say their new process is energy-efficient and cost-effective, thus addressing traditional barriers to carbon-fiber … Read more »

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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Springs for Railcars Under Development

Toho Tenax has partnered with Kawasaki Heavy Industries to jointly develop a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) leaf spring that can be mass-produced for railcar trucks, reducing the truck frame’s weight by some 900 kg per railcar. Benefits include more efficient running costs and lower CO2 emissions, as well as … Read more »

New Recycling Center Keeps Scrap Carbon Fiber out of Landfills

A new recycling center that will help meet the demand for carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics has broken ground in Port Angeles, Washington. Port Angeles officials say the Composite Recycling Technology Center will initially focus on making products from uncured prepregs, Plastics News reports. Jennifer States, director of business development for the Port … Read more »

Dell Launches First-Ever Recycled Carbon Fiber

Dell Launches First-Ever Recycled Carbon Fiber

In what it says is an industry first, Dell yesterday launched recycled carbon fiber, which will be incorporated into Dell products later this year. Dell also announced progress in its circular economy initiatives, including the expansion of its closed-loop recycled plastic supply chain and new industry collaborations to advance global … Read more »

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Ford, DowAksa to Develop Carbon Fiber for Automotive Lightweighting

Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement to develop cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material expected to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. The agreement, between Ford Motor Company, Ford Global Technologies and … Read more »

Teijin Accelerates Automotive Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Businesses

Teijin has integrated its development and marketing of automotive-use carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRTP) in a move that the company says will strengthen its business in this value-added form of CFRP. Earlier this year Ford and DowAksa said they were accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade … Read more »

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Ford Accelerates Carbon Fiber Research

Ford and DowAksa are accelerating joint research to develop high-volume manufacturing techniques for automotive-grade carbon fiber, aiming to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability. The companies are part of the newly formed Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, created by the US government. The institute is … Read more »

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Report: Steel Trucks Better for Environment than Aluminum

Advanced high-strength steels have a lighter impact on the environment than aluminum in light-duty trucks and SUVs, according to two new case studies released by WorldAutoSteel. The case studies examined the effect various automotive materials can have on total life cycle greenhouse gas emissions. The studies used the Automotive Materials … Read more »

BMW-Backed Efforts Closer to Cutting Carbon Fiber Production Costs 90%

BMW and Audi AG are among more than 70 companies and organizations backing a materials-development group that says it’s getting closer to large-scale manufacturing of cars made with carbon fiber, a lightweight material that helps increase fuel efficiency. MAI Carbon Cluster Management, an 80 million-euro ($102 million) research effort supported … Read more »

Boeing to Recycle Dreamliner Carbon Fiber

Boeing and Russell Brands are teaming up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear. The companies are expanding on a previous collaboration where 787 carbon fiber is placed into Russell Athletic’s CarbonTek football shoulder pad system. Boeing currently markets surplus factory materials to meet the … Read more »

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Germany, US, South Korea Dominate in Waste, Upcycling Innovations

Germany, the US and South Korea are on the forefront of developing innovations in waste minimization and upcycling, according to an analysis by Frost & Sullivan. The analysis, “National Innovation Ecosystems (Healthcare, CMF, Energy),” forecasts that these innovations will drive adoption of waste-to-energy technologies such as pyrolysis, waste gasification and anaerobic digestion … Read more »