ELG Carbon Fibre, which specialises in recycled carbon fiber materials, has announced plans to increase the capacity of its UK facility.  

It will focus on increasing its capacity to recover fiber from uncured prepreg and laminate feedstock and the commercialisation of the company’s Carbiso MB product line for reinforced thermoplastic compounds.

ELG’s existing UK facility currently houses highly reclamation and conversion equipment that supports the manufacture of recycled carbon fiber products to be reintroduced into the supply chain.

In 2016, to promote the use of recycled carbon in the composites industry, ELG installed a custom built, nonwoven production line to make carbon fiber and hybrid thermoplastic mats in aerial weights from 100-500 gsm and widths up to 2.7 m. These products are currently being used in production automotive programs.

ELG is also upgrading its pyrolysis furnace to increase its output capacity beyond the current 1,000 tonnes of carbon fiber per year. This upgrade will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018, after which the company says it will be able to deliver 1,700 tonnes of carbon fiber products to its customers from the Coseley plant each year.

‘We are very focused on investments that offer customers a viable, high volume alternative to costly virgin carbon fiber,’ said Frazer Barnes, managing director ELG Carbon.

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