Long fiber composites based on recycled fishing nets

Materials specialist Avient has launched a range of long fiber-reinforced composite, incorporating nylon 6 material recycled from end-of-life fishing nets.  

According to the company, its Complēt R nylon 6 long fiber composites can provide the same stiffness, strength, and toughness as standard nylon 6 long fiber formulations using unrecycled resin. Using the composite can also help OEMs to meet their goals for using materials containing recycled content.

The material can be used to make lighter-weight adventure gear for outdoor recreation, vehicles that go further using fewer energy resources, and recycled content office furnishings that contribute towards LEED certification for buildings.  

“Historically, it has been a challenge to source streams of recycled resins that are compatible with the pultrusion process used to manufacture long fiber composites,” said Eric Wollan, general manager for long fiber technologies at Avient. “But we’re committed to leading the industry by offering sustainable options even in our performance-critical materials like long fiber composites.”

Formulations are available globally in a standard black color at typical weight percentages of long glass fiber, long carbon fiber, or hybrid combinations, Avient said.