Hexcel has joined forces with a Lyons, France-based startup that develops material sourced entirely from carbon composite by-products generated by the aerospace sector.

Lavoisier Composites’s Carbonium material has been developed with a process based on three patents pending and can reportedly reduce overall environmental impact by 40-50%, compared to equivalent products derived from virgin materials. A cycle assessment carried out with Hexcel showed that the up-cycling of by-products from the aerospace composites industry could lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 13 kg per kg of Carbonium used.

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