ELG & Adesso to make recycled carbon fibre for automobiles
ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd, UK a leading global carbon fibre reinforced plastics recycler, and Adesso Advanced Materials Wuhu Co. Limited, developer of revolutionary re-workable and recyclable epoxy resin systems, have signed a MOU to develop lightweight composite components for the automotive industry based on ELG’s recycled carbon fibre materials.
The initial focus of the cooperation is to investigate applications which have been identified by Chery New Energy Automobile Technology Co. Ltd on the Chery eQ1 electric vehicle. The goal is to further reduce the weight of the eQ1, which already makes extensive use of aluminium technology, through selective use of carbon fibre composites. The longer term intent is to then apply the knowledge gained from these projects in Chery’s conventional vehicles.
Following a preliminary evaluation of ELG’s materials by Professor Fan Guanghong’s team at the advanced manufacture technology centre of China Academy of Machinery Science Technology (CAMTC), Chery has suggested initial applications to be investigated, and providing that technical and commercial targets are achieved, ELG, Adesso and Chery intend to enter into a definite agreement to start full scale production of these parts in Wuhu. This agreement would see ELG Carbon Fibre establish a carbon fibre recycling operation in China when sufficient volumes of recycled carbon fibre materials are required.
Frazer Barnes, managing director of ELG Carbon Fibre said, “The eQ1, through its extensive use of aluminium, already represents a huge advancement in lightweighting for the Chinese car industry. We are pleased to be working with the innovative engineering team at Adesso and Chery to help them take the next step forward and start introducing carbon fibre composites into their vehicles.”
Bo Liang, president, chairman, and CEO of Adesso said, “Working together in this project enables us to address the barriers preventing large scale use of carbon fibre composites in automotive applications, namely cost - through the use of recycled materials, design and manufacturing, and collaboration with experienced partners. Our vision is that cooperation leads to an automotive composites hub in Wuhu. It also strengthens our vision on sustainability of the composite industry in China.” (GK)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India