Recycling carbon fiber prepreg composites

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Hexcel Corporation has partnered with Fairmat to find ways to recycle carbon fiber prepreg.
Hexcel Corporation has partnered with Fairmat to find ways to recycle carbon fiber prepreg.

Hexcel Corporation has partnered with Fairmat to recycle carbon fiber prepreg for reuse in composite panels sold into commercial markets.

Fairmat will lease a former Hexcel facility in Bouguenais, France where it will recycle cutoffs generated during carbon fiber prepreg production. The company plans that most of these cutoffs will be repurposed by the end of 2022.

According to Hexcel, Fairmat’s recycling process could save 41 kg of CO2 emissions per kilogram of recycled carbon fiber composite compared to virgin prepregs. Fairmat is aiming for a capacity of 5,000 tons of recycled material annually in this first production site.

‘This partnership represents a significant step as we continue striving to be an industry leader and a responsible steward of resources,’ said Thierry Merlot, president, Aerospace – Europe at Hexcel.

This story uses material from Hexcel, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.