Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites supply chain, is proud to again be the headline industry partners of the Composites Engineering Show. Its team will be on-hand on stand P160 to discuss a whole manner of support activities it offers. This will include:
Companies signing up to become a member of Composites UK at the show will enjoy an additional two months of membership added to their subscription free-of-charge for their first year.
There will also be a series of show floor forum sessions organised by Composites UK. This year these are aligned with the UK Composites Strategy - developed by the Composites Leadership Forum. Speakers from key industry players, OEMs and Tier 1s will present the opportunities and challenges that lie across the sectors and the potential impact on UK plc.
Co-locating with the show, the Composites UK Industry Awards Dinner takes place on the evening of 2nd November at the National Motorcycle Museum, celebrating the achievements of UK composites companies. This black-tie dinner is a great place to inspire and motivate staff by showing them the exciting industry that they contribute to. Attendees will also create a memorable evening for collaborators and clients, networking with over 300 potential new ones.
To set up a meeting at the show with a Composites UK representative please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01442 275365. Further information on the association and bookings for the Awards Dinner can be made on the website: www.compositesuk.co.uk.
Awards Dinner information to exhibitors The Composites UK Industry Awards Dinner is co-located with the Advanced Engineering Show, taking place on 2nd November 2016 at the National Motorcycle Museum next to the Birmingham NEC. This black-tie dinner is a great place to inspire and motivate staff by showing them the exciting industry that they contribute to. You’ll also create a memorable evening for your clients and network with over 300 potential new ones.
Tables of 10 or individual seats are available, with a discounted rate on offer to Composites UK member companies. More information and bookings can be made via www.compositesuk.co.uk/awards-dinner-2016
Composites UK is celebrating a successful first year of its ever-growing supply chain database and planning its next steps.
The Hub database was founded by Composites UK alongside the National Composites Centre, in conjunction with the Composites Leadership Forum as a response to the UK Composites Strategy and the BIS Manufacturing and Skills policy.
Its purpose is two-fold. Firstly, the Hub acts to promote companies in the UK composites supply chain via basic profile listings, directing business opportunities to them. Secondly, when completing their profiles, companies are asked for more detailed information, which is kept private. This in the long-term will feed into the generation of accurate UK composite industry statistics informing key strategic decisions for the industry.
Many companies are already seeing the benefit of using and being listed on the Hub, which is open to both Composites UK members and non-members free-of-charge. Iain Fergusson, Sales Executive with Fillworth UK said of the database; “Composites is a relatively new, dynamically growing and - in particular - diverse market. Our company was one of the early entrants, supplying specialised mixing equipment suitable for processing such raw materials, and we have been able to get in touch with some of the multi-nationals involved in the aerospace supply chain.
“In communication terms it has been markedly more difficult to make contact with other UK based players in this market, until we became aware of the Composites UK database – and the trouble the Association has gone to in order to make it user-friendly by means of the Hub’s search filters. This represents how trade associations should work. For the sake of market transparency we feel that all companies within the composites supply chain should, in their own interests, utilise the technical facilities to make their situation and requirements apparent.”
The next steps for the database is to create mapping software to be offered via a subscription service. Users will be able to access powerful information on key markets and company positions within given locations. The launch of this will take place in the last quarter of 2016.
Composites UK, working with the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham, launched its new report on composites recycling to coincide with its circular economy event at ELG Carbon Fibre in July.
In the document, ‘Composites Recycling – Where are we now?’, details are given of the current recycling processes available for carbon and glass fibre (FRP) waste, as well as future steps which need to be taken in order to make these processes more commercially viable.
Recovery processes, re-use and application, the environmental impact of recycling, fibre reinforced thermoplastics and recyclable resins, applications for dry fibres and legislation are all covered in the report.
To coincide with this Composites UK has also updated the Environmental section of its website, adding a list of companies who can actively assist businesses with a whole manner of waste from FRP manufacturing process.
Stella Job, Supply Chain and Environmental Manager at Composites UK said; “It is important for Composites UK as a trade association to work with our own industry and the waste management sector to minimise any negative environmental impact and gain the best value from our waste. We are committed to supporting new processes and supply chains which will help us achieve this. We heard from several of the organisations we are working with at our event last week: ‘A Circular Economy for the Composites Industry’, with a backdrop of ELG’s shredding and sorting facility.”
Several solutions now exist to recycle carbon fibre waste back into high value products. Research is ongoing to improve the value of the recyclate, especially through better fibre alignment, showcased in presentations by Nottingham and Bristol Universities and Tilsatec. Gary Leeke from Cranfield University brought a two-person carbon fibre kayak to the event, manufactured from carbon fibre recycled by a solvolysis process which could be scaled up to recover resin chemicals as well as fibres.
GRP remains difficult to recycle economically, but solutions as RDF (refuse derived fuel) for energy from waste or cement kilns now exist. Waste management consultant Agecko has worked with Composites UK members to progress this, as well as direct re-use of GRP waste in temporary road surfaces on landfill sites.
It’s not just the FRP waste itself, but other wastes from our industry are being tackled, including clean fibres and consumables. Presentations at the event covered recently developed recycling routes for breather fabrics, films and silicone release paper as well as an interesting potential synergy where glass fibre manufacturing waste could be mixed with waste plastics to make rail and coastal infrastructure products.
‘Composites Recycling – Where are we now?’ is available as a free download on the Composites UK website – www.compositesuk.co.uk/recyclingreport. The ‘What can I do with my waste?’ webpage can be accessed here, with members of Composites UK being able to access the presentations from ‘A Circular Economy for the Composites Industry’ via the member’s area of www.compositesuk.co.uk.