What projects are Composites UK involved with?
Composites Innovation Cluster
The Composites Innovation Cluster was the largest, single collaborative research and development programme in the UK composites industry involving 31 organisations participating in 17 projects. Between them, the partners produced a range of demonstrators across the breadth of the composite value chain.
The programme was funded by the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).
Composites UK was the dissemination lead for the project.
A full report detailing the activities from 2012 - 2016 can be downloaded here.
WRAP funded Resource Efficiency Action Plan (REAP) for the Composites Industry
This project is now complete. The composites industry REAP sets out a series of actions, which when implemented, will result in a reduction in composite material-related waste and improved resource efficiency within the sector.
The composites sector recognises the increasing importance of landfill diversion, recycling and improved resource efficiency, and has seen increasing supply-chain pressure from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to improve environmental performance. This, together with direct legislative and regulatory pressure, has driven the development of this REAP.
The main focus of this REAP is on identifying actions to reduce the quantities of composite waste requiring landfill disposal, and to encourage the development of closed-loop manufacturing within the sector. The Action Plan focuses on glass-fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) rather than carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), since the tonnage of GFRP production and use is many times greater than for CFRP; and in addition the higher value by weight of CFRP waste has allowed the development of commercial recycling solutions.
The plan will be delivered through the Stakeholder Group which will work in conjunction with the Composites Leadership Forum sustainability working group.