ACMA, an industry thought leader in composites manufacturing, pushes for the advancement of composites
recycling through innovation and technology at its first-ever recycling conference.
January 29, 2018 (Arlington, Va.) – The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) recently announced the conference program for its first ever Composites Recycling Conference. The conference program, which is available online, features the most relevant technology and business developments in composites recycling presented by leading experts from U.S. and around the world
“Over the past few years, our industry has made great strides in composites recycling, including greater awareness, product development, and industry collaboration,” said Tom Dobbins, President & CEO of ACMA. “This conference will give our industry professionals and leaders the full picture of what’s happening in composites recycling today and get a glimpse at what’s next, including opportunities to reduce costs and develop recycled composite products.”
“As a leader in composites manufacturing, ACMA recognizes recycling is an important issue for our members and the industry at large, both to reduce overall costs and to better compete with steel and aluminum. We worked with our industry partners and members to curate the latest information and best practices that are being successfully implemented and can have a major impact across all market segments,” added Dobbins.
The conference program features informative panel discussions and presentations from notable companies, including Owens Corning, Ashland, Airbus, and the Composite Recycling Technology Center. The program covers a wide range of topics and industry advancements in composites recycling, including the pyrolysis process capable of recovering both glass and carbon fibers, recycling and reusing thermoplastic and thermoset CFRPs in the Aviation market, and state-of-the-art recycling technology. Industry experts and business leaders will share new and existing incentives for recycling and waste reduction that are reducing costs and making the business case for composites recycling.
Additionally, the conference features pre-conference and post-conference tours of leading institutes in the Knoxville, TN area that focus on composites manufacturing and EOL recycling. Attendees will have the option to tour IACMI — The Composites Institute Lab at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, and Local Motors. These tours offer an opportunity to see how government funded laboratories are addressing their unique challenges, including developing a robust and scalable composite recycling methodology as well as how a local manufacturer is creating products from recycled carbon fiber.
Questions regarding the conference program can be submitted to Christie McCabe. Registration for the conference is open, and the conference offers exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. Visit www.acmanet.org/recycling for additional information, including conference agenda, exhibitor and sponsorship information.