17th November 2016
ELG Carbon Fibre, a recycled carbon fibre materials specialist in the UK, has started production of a range of non-woven mats on a new production line which is specifically designed to process recycled carbon fibres. ELG Carbon Fibre believes the materials will appeal to OEMs in the transportation sector seeking cost effective alternatives to virgin carbon fibre for vehicle lightweighting.
Using a new machine has been custom built to ELG Carbon Fibre’s exacting specifications and can produce a variety of non-woven materials including 100% recycled carbon fibre mats and thermoplastic blends such as carbon fibre mixed with PP, PA, PPS fibres.
The machine is also unique in being able to use reclaimed carbon fibres that have been obtained through pyrolysis of scrap prepreg materials or cured laminates, providing important feedstock flexibility versus existing equipment available in the marketplace which can only accept dry manufacturing waste.
ELG state that the new product ranges demonstrate excellent drapeability and performance whilst delivering cost effective lightweighting and significant environmental benefits compared to virgin carbon fibre. The materials may be used either on their own or with selective use of virgin carbon fibres to provide tailored structural properties.
“With the correct design, nonwoven recycled carbon fibre can be used very successfully to manufacture low cost, lightweight structures using most high-volume manufacturing processes. It seems that new applications for these materials are being identified every week, making this an exciting and progressive time for the company and our technology”, concludes Frazer Barnes, Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre.