This document has been produced as the output from a collaborative project, 'A Simplified Guide to Assessing Environmental, Social and Economic Performance for the Composites Industry (COMPASS)', part-funded through the Sustainable Technologies Initiative of the UK Department of Trade and Industry. This guide concentrates on environmental and social impacts.
The production and content of this document has been steered by the following organisations, representing a cross-section of the composites industry, and we would like to acknowledge their valuable input and contributions.
Commissioned research, consultancy and testing services for construction and environment professionals
Composite Tooling and Structures
Manufacturer of high performance composite tooling and components
Manufacturer and supplier of self reinforced polypropylene
The UK Department Trade and Industry
Specialists in the supply of composite pultruded profiles and continuous sheeting
Specialists in the production of pultruded composite profiles
Manufacturers and suppliers of composite pre-impregnated materials, adhesives and honeycomb
Manufacturer and supplier of specialist pollution control equipment for off-mains sewage solutions, fuel and oil separation and rainwater recycling
Automotive consultants and vehicle production
Manufacturer and supplier of polyester moulding compounds
Michael Stacey Architects
Architects focussing on modern creative designs with an informed use of materials
Network Group for Composites in Construction (NGCC)
Superceded by the Construction Sector Group within the framework of Composite UK, providing a forum for discussion of common issues of working with fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) in construction, looking to find solutions to these matters, as well as outward facing dissemination of best practice.
Plastech Thermoset Techtronics
Plastech T T develop solutions for using the Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process in composite product manufacturing
Polymer Engineering provide solutions in large and complex thermoset plastic mouldings
Polynorm is a supplier to the automotive industry, specialising in development and production of pressed class - A body panels and components
Reichhold is a supplier of unsaturated polyester resins for composite applications in a wide variety of processes and markets
Saint Gobain Vetrotex
Saint-Gobain Vetrotex, in the Reinforcement Branch of Saint-Gobain, specialists in glass-reinforcements
A developer of living and working environments
Vestas Blades UK
Vestas is a developer and maintenance provider of wind turbine blades
Composites Evolution, Bercella and Element Materials Technology (Element) have successfully completed the development and testing of a composite cantilever support for rail passenger seating.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
UK company Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in the performance of the original parts. The company says the P2T (Primary to Tertiary) process not only simplifies recycling, but endows a composite material with the potential to fulfil three or more useful lifetimes.