Sigmatex, a U.K.-headquartered manufacturer of textile reinforcements to the composites industry, is launching a new recycled carbon fiber nonwoven fabric to the market.
The company has developed an energy-efficient process that enables the reprocessing of its internal waste, as well as that of its customers, into the new material, which is versatile in its end-use applications and easy to process. It is anticipated that this will lead to the avoidance of up to 500 metric tons of carbon fiber waste going to landfill each year by 2025.
The nonwoven is produced from high quality carbon fiber waste, with sizing intact, offering improved fiber-to-resin bond strength. The highly conformable product is an isotropic material with excellent mechanical properties that can be debulked, improving processing via composite prepregging methods.