Supporting UK Composites

Circular Economy for the Composites Industry

New event: Developments in the end of life solutions for carbon and glass fibre composites.

Retaining the economic value and embedded energy of materials in the economy as long as possible is the essence of circular economy thinking. The composites industry has some awkward waste streams. Composites themselves combine two or more materials to produce properties superior to the individual components. This makes them inherently stiff, strong and durable, and inherently difficult to recycle. Other wastes from our industry include dry fibres, consumable materials and packaging of various sorts.

This event will present recent developments in end of life solutions for carbon and glass fibre composites and other wastes generated in the manufacturing supply chain for composites. Presentations will include university research through to practical end of life solutions and a call for the industry to play its part to design for end of life, optimise waste management practice and take up opportunities to use recycled material in high value products.

Who Should Attend?

  • Manufacturers and materials suppliers / converters who want to understand how we can gain best value from our waste and make our industry more "circular"
  • Academics working in this field, to understand the current state-of-the-art and challenges to enabling a circular economy
  • OEMs / LEs for whom producer responsibility is a concern, to see where recyclate can be used in their supply chain / support processes which will reduce the environmental impact of their products
  • Designers, to understand the impact of what they design, and why and how to design for the environment and for end-of-life.


09:30  Registration

10:00   Welcome: Frazer Barnes – ELG Carbon Fibre

10:05  Overview of recycling and strategic activities: Stella Job – Composites UK

10:25  New high-value products from recycled carbon fibre: Frazer Barnes – ELG Carbon Fibre

10:45  Applications for recycled carbon fibre in the Aerospace industry: Prof. Steve Pickering – University of Nottingham

11:05  Break

11:30  Circular economy – resource management: A key pillar in Toyota’s sustainable strategy: Steve Hope – Toyota Europe

11:50  Designing composites for the circular economy: Jonny Hazell – Green Alliance

12:10  Impacts of composite recycling processes on material properties and the environment: Prof. Paul Mativenga – University of Manchester

12:30  Manufacturing a carbon fibre racing kayak: The downstream use of recycled composites: Prof. Gary Leeke – Cranfield University

12:50  Lunch + tour of ELG (optional)

13:50  Thermoplastic composite prepregs using discontinuous carbon fibres from weaving waste: Mahmudul Akonda – Tilsatec

14:00  Feedstock sourcing and strategy for carbon fibre: Frazer Barnes – ELG Carbon Fibre

14:10  Solutions for raw wet and dry glass fibre waste streams: Craig Melling – PPG Industries

14:20  Recycled composites for railway sleepers and coastal structures: Rod Fox – Revaluetech

14:35 Questions

14:40 Recycled consumable materials: Andrew Billingsley – Plaswire

14:50  Recycling of silicone release paper from prepreg manufacture: Mark Thompson, Techlan

15:00  Innovative waste solutions for the composites industry: Natan Elfassy – Agecko

15:10  Questions & closing comments: Stella Job – Composites UK

15:20  Tour of ELG facilities (optional)

Exhibition Space

Limited table-top exhibition space is available priced at £150 + VAT for members and £300 + VAT for non-members. Please email Claire Whysall, Communications Manager for further details.


Credit card bookings can be taken via the site below.

Composites UK Members: £60 + VAT (please login first and return to this page to see the reduced price)
Non-Members: £110 + VAT

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Tours of ELG Carbon Fibre will be offered on the day. Please select the 'Conference + Tour' option below plus your time of preference. ELG Carbon Fibre reserve the right to refuse the tour to any delegate they deem to be a competitor.

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