Closed loop process nominated for innovation award

A mold and fin made with recycleable epoxy.
A mold and fin made with recycleable epoxy.

Cobra International and Aditya Birla Chemicals, which makes epoxy resins, have jointly developed a closed loop composite manufacturing process.

As part of the process, Cobra integrates Aditya Birla’s Recyclamine recyclable epoxy resin systems into its series production of water sports components and re-uses the recovered reinforcement fabrics and thermoplastic polymers produced by recycling of the thermoset composite.

The companies are making use of Aditya Birla’s Epotec YDL5552-THR9351 recyclable epoxy systems to infuse watersports fin molds and Epotec YDL5540-THR9151 recyclable epoxy resin transfer molding (RTM) system to produce components. The companies are now focusing on scaling up the recycling infrastructure.  

The process has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 JEC Innovation awards.

This story uses material from Cobra, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.