01 August 2017
01 August 2017
Microcab has announced its involvement in the new pan-European project ECOBULK – Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts.
With a budget of €12.3 million, the project brings together 27 partners across 12 countries and runs from 2017 to 2021 as part of the H2020 Research and Innovation funding platform.
ECOBULK, through a large scale demonstration effort, will contribute to 'closing the loop' of composite products in the automotive, furniture and building sectors by promoting greater re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and recycle of products, parts and materials. It will bring opportunities for both the environment and the economy by offering business opportunities along the entire new defined supply and value chains. ECOBULK's approach will be based on identifying and promoting commonalities in processes, technologies, products and services, ensuring replicability and transferability to other industrial sectors.
"Many in the UK R&D community see the Brexit process as an unwelcome distraction so to win a major EU project now gives us an important bridge of continuity at a time when our future relationship to Europe remains unclear," says John Jostins, Microcab's CEO.
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has announced the Phase I completion of a project led by DuPont, partnering with Fibrtec and Purdue University, focused on the creation of a new carbon fibre composite manufacturing process that exhibits improved fabric formability characteristics compared to traditional woven materials.
Powertrains, be they conventional, hybrid or fully electric, will need to be light in weight if carmakers are to meet the stringent regulations on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) to come into force in 2025 – and composites will be key to making this happen. This was the message highlighted at the Lightweight Composite Solutions Conference organised by Vyncolit and Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd and held in Gent, Belgium.
At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication.