reLFT: A sustainable solution for thermoplastic composite waste?

by Marc Huisman, Program Manager Lightweight Automotive, Brightlands Materials Center

This presentation will show a unique material processing concept of thermo-mechanical recycling that uses post-industrial or post-consumer continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic waste material and turns into an engineering material that can be used in compression molding or injection molding of technically demanding applications such as required in the automotive industry.

The developed recycled material class defines best as reLFT (Long Fiber Thermoplastic) and can compete on a performance level with virgin LFT as known in the market. Various aspects of this recycling technology and potential of resulting recyclates will be discussed to demonstrate their impact on the materials life cycle.

Interview

What drives you?

Being able to work with an enthousiastic team in developing a unique technology that supports both the energy and material transition thereby contributing to the societal challenges we currently have.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?

This presentation will show a technology concept that allows use of recycled materials as ‘technical’ construction material, and serves as food for thought to change perception of ‘waste’.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Use of lightweight materials may be expanded to renewable resources on short-term. Recycling of these renewable materials will grow their total availability and allow larger scale use on a longer-term.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

High quality, high performance recyclates will increase acceptance of materials coming from waste streams, and increasing use of such materials will thereby reduce the need for raw materials.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

The logistic chain and enough waste materials need to be available to guarantee a minimum or constant quantity of material supply over a longer length of time.

“Special Quote”

Keeping materials in the loop of the product life cycle is a very good way to sustainable use of our resources!

Marc Huisman will speak at the 2021 edition of the conference.

Brightlands Materials Center develops innovative materials solutions for a sustainable future, with inspired talents and in collaborations with industry, academia and entrepreneurs.

We are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In particular Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, Goal 9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Goal 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production and Goal 13 Climate Action.

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