Supporting UK Composites

A Sustainable Future for Composites

Composites UK is launching a new Sustainability Subgroup at this event on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at Scott Bader, Wollaston. This will be a joint event with Cranfield University.

The group will share information about the latest developments in:

  • Recycling
  • Bio-based materials
  • Best practice for resource and energy efficiency
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Design and business models for environment / circular economy

It will also seek to involve members in the delivery of the Sustainability aspects of the Composites Strategy action plan, which is summarised as follows:

  • Develop markets for recyclates with associated standards
  • Support creation of GRP recycling supply chain
  • Develop capability in life cycle assessment (and costing) to show the benefits of composites
  • R&D to integrate industrial biotechnology into the supply chain and optimise value of natural fibres
  • Reduce waste and develop energy efficient manufacturing technologies
  • Develop best practice in design and business models for environment


09:00    Registration

Session 1: Introduction and Strategy

09:30     Welcome - Jean Claude Pierre, CEO, Scott Bader

09:35    Scott Bader Sustainability Strategy - Malcolm Forsyth, Scott Bader

09:55    CLF Sustainability Strategy - Stella Job, Composites UK

10:15    Opportunities for cost reductions on energy bills - Ed Horgan, Briar Associates

10:35    Update on Scott Bader's bio-resin development - Steven Brown, Scott Bader

10.45    News and updates

10:55    BREAK

Session 2: Valorising our Scrap and Resource Efficiency

11:20    The recycling of carbon composites into intermediate materials for reuse in automotive and industrial applications - Frazer Barnes, ELG Carbon Fibre

11:40    Sigma RF - Development and market exploitation of scrap carbon fibre as a high value material - Steven Powell, Sigmatex

12:00    Case study on resource / energy efficient manufacturing - Natan Elfassy, Agecko on behalf of Exel Composites

12:20    The HiPerDiF technology: a sustainable route to the next generation of composites - Marco Longana, Bristol University

12:40    LUNCH

Session 3: Developing bio-based solutions (led by Cranfield University)

13:40    Investigation into the tensile properties and characterisation of unidirectional carbon/flax epoxy hybrid composites potential for light weight applications - Prof Hom Dhakal, University of Portsmouth

14:00    CF-Microlam: Carbon / flax micro-sandwich laminates to reduce part cost, weight and NVH - Gareth Davies, Composites Evolution

14:20   Fire retardant bio-composites for housing/construction applications and strong composites from regenerated cellulose fibres - Sameer Rahatekar, Cranfield University

14:40    Valorization of waste vegetable oil through the production of bio-based epoxy composites - Felipe Fernandes, University of Warwick

15:00    Sustainable thermosetting resins with bio-based reactive diluent - Vijay Kumar Thakur, Cranfield University

15:20    BREAK

Session 4: Funding opportunities and workshop on how to progress these areas

15:45    Funding and support to develop a sustainable future for composites - Nick Cliffe, Innovate UK

16:05    WORKSHOP

16:40    Feedback
16:50    Closing comments / plenary discussion
17:00    CLOSE


You can register for the event via the link below.

Members: £75 + VAT
Non-members: £145 + VAT

Note: You can only book one person at a time - please repeat the process for multiple delegates.

Or join the sub-group and get a free place!

If you join the Sustainability sub-group now (£150 + VAT per annum) you will gain one free place at this event - please contact us to obtain an invoice. To join, you must already be a member of Composites UK or join the association at the same time at the relevant rate. Those who are already members will be invoiced the £150 on a pro-rata basis (e.g. if you have 6 months before your membership renewal is due you will be invoiced £75 + VAT, then the full £150 + VAT will be added to your next renewal). If you've any questions please contact us.

Photo credit: ELG Carbon Fibre
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