The closed loop - for composite materials?

Unknown makes unloved, a description all too often still applicable to composite materials, and certainly where sustainability is concerned. This is why the Sirris composite experts (SLC-Lab) and the sustainability experts have come up with white papers that go much deeper into the properties and possibilities offered by composites. These papers will help you make a well-informed choice that could make a positive effect on your activities. You can download the first white paper now, completely free-of-charge!

Are you facing obstacles when trying to identify and quantify the added value that could arise when using composite materials for your own products? Would your company also like to discover the opportunities presented by closing material flows?

Composites and the circular economy

The first white paper looks at composites within the scope of the emerging circular economy that endeavours to fit material cycles into the various biological and technological cycles, thereby keeping the value of the raw materials as high as possible, with the possibility to use them for as long as possible. There are a number of potential strategies for deploying composite materials in the circular economy. Choosing the most suitable strategy depends greatly on the type of product, the technological maturity and market acceptance. Possible approaches include: extending the life-cycle, aiming for product reuse, reworking products into new products, and finally high quality recycling. It concerns enormous potential, despite the difficulties in opening it up.

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In order to help you find out more about all aspects covering composite materials throughout their life-cycle, as well as supporting you when making the choices, the SLC-Lab together with the Sirris Sustainability department will be publishing several white papers over the coming months, each of which will deal in depth with a topical issue involving composites, which you can download free-of-charge. This is being done within the scope of the 'CompositeBoost' and 'Eco-compliance as a competitive weapon’ projects.

Today there is a growing demand for lightweight components in various sectors including transport, engineering, construction and consumer products. This demand mirrors both social and technological trends regarding energy efficiency, performance, design freedom, functionality and cost effectiveness over the long term. Composites can seamlessly meet all demands required for lightweight components.

However, these materials and the different types and their properties are often not sufficiently known by companies, so now let’s have a proper, informed choice as the key to completely unlocking their potential - before, during and after use.

Together we can uncover the opportunities and work out the specific steps your company can take towards sustainable use of composites and the circular economy. Make an obligation-free request for an initial meeting at your company.  

The SLC-Lab has arranged a Masterclass Composites spread over three separate days, starting on 28 November. The issue of ‘sustainability & composites’ will be discussed on the second day (5 December).