The R-CARBON boards are made of 100% upcycled carbon fibre fabrics recovered from a production waste stream at Airbus, and Sicomin’s GreenPoxy 56 bio-resin.
Notox previously used the bio-resins in earlier flax, cork, and bamboo reinforced boards, the company said.
According to Notox, the carbon fabrics are declared unusable for aerospace applications due to short roll lengths, an inability to be pre-formed, or other defects. However, when combined with the epoxy and a hardener, they produce a clear, high gloss laminate with high mechanical properties. Notox used a wet lamination process with vacuum bag consolidation to wet out the upcycled woven carbon fabrics and minimise resin consumption in the manufacturing process.
In a life cycle analysis, using waste carbon fabrics from Airbus was reportedly more energy efficient than using other recycled short fiber carbon.
“At Notox our mission is to produce the most ethical and sustainable boards. Providing great mechanical performance, a high plant-based carbon content, and a low carbon footprint due to local manufacturing, GreenPoxy 56 is a good solution for our new R-CARBON technology,” said Pierre Pomiers, president of Notox.