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Trek, the US bicycle manufacturer, has instituted a full-scale carbon recycling programme at its Waterloo, US manufacturing facility and is now recycling all scrap carbon fibre, the material primarily used in its domestic production.
Through a partnership with Materials Innovation Technologies (MIT LLC) and its subsidiary MIT-RCF, a South Carolina carbon reclamation facility that is revolutionising carbon recycling processes, Trek completed a three month trial period to determine the viability of adopting the step as an official part of the manufacturing process. “Throughout the trial period we worked with Trek to show them how beneficial carbon recycling can be to their overall business practices.” Said Jim Stike, MIT President and CEO. ”Working with a world leader like Trek to help them become the first bicycle company to begin recycling carbon fibre is very exciting for us.”
Throughout the manufacturing process, Trek collects excess trimmings, non-compliant moulded parts and combines it with select reclaimed warranty frames to send to MIT’s facility to begin their reclamation process. Reclaimed carbon fibre is currently being used in reinforced thermoplastic applications while research and development is ongoing for use in automotive, aerospace, medical, and recreational applications.
“One of the company’s major initiatives is that we will work to drive more eco-friendly processes into everything that we do,” said James Colegrove, Trek Senior Composites Manufacturing Engineer. “Carbon fibre recycling holds massive potential not just for Trek, but the entire industry.”
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