Recycled Carbon Fiber

Find a greener path to carbon fiber benefits

Our end-to-end recycling solutions help our customers enjoy the benefits of carbon fiber composites with a more circular approach.

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Highlights

More carbon fiber, less carbon footprint

Carbon fiber composites are the material of the future, often used in leading-edge industrial applications for their remarkable properties such as high strength and stiffness, associated with extreme light weight. 

Thanks to our recycled carbon fibers, OEMs and fabricators can now leverage these benefits in their products while maintaining a low carbon footprint and supporting their circular economy objectives.

Industry: Multiple industries
Solution: Collecting scrap carbon fiber and recycling it via pyrolysis to produce a range of high-performance secondary carbon fiber materials
Products: CarboNXT® carbon fiber materials – milled, chopped, fiberball, fibertube, rCF compound, non-woven, veil, rCF smc/rCF bmc
Results: Reduction in CO2 emissions and up to 20 - 40 % cost savings over virgin carbon fiber

Challenge

Finding a sustainable source of carbon fiber

Carbon fiber composites are finding use in a growing variety of industries and becoming the material of choice for many applications. An increasing number of products, from airplanes and automobiles, to structural components and high-performance finished products, benefit from their strength and lightness.

But these benefits come at a price: virgin carbon fiber has a high carbon footprint due to the high energy requirements of the manufacturing process. This is becoming a growing challenge for companies trying to reduce their carbon footprint from sourced material.

Eco-conscious companies are also concerned about responsibly disposing of production scraps and managing end-of-lifecycles for their carbon fiber composite products.

Carbon fiber scrap materials that can be reclaimed and recycled
Solution

Add recycled carbon fibers to your mix

Thanks to its unique offering, MCAM’s carboNXT paves the way for the next evolution of carbon fibers that are 100% customized, pure, and recycled.

We provide fabricators and OEMs with a complete recycling process, closing the loop from scrap collection to high-purity fiber creation for use in new, high-end applications.

To recycle the carbon fiber scrap we collect, we use a highly energy-efficient pyrolysis process: a thermic treatment that excludes oxygen, enabling pure carbon fiber to be recycled by means of the thermic post-combustion of pyrolysis gases. This reduces CO2 emissions in that energy from the scrap materials fuel the process.

The extracted carbon fiber is then refined and ready for its next application.

Besides offering 20 - 40 % cost savings over virgin carbon fiber, recycling unlocks new potential.

Fine strands of recycled carbon fiber
PARTNERS IN POSSIBILITY

“As a part of the Mitsubishi Chemical ecosystem, our recycled carbon fiber contributes to the creation of a more conscientious value chain for our customers. Now they can select from a greener material portfolio for their specific applications.”
Tim Rademacker
General Manager Carbon Fiber Recycling
Results

Closing the loop with recycled carbon fiber materials

Once extracted from scraps, the recycled carbon fiber is given a new purpose. It can be processed into high-quality carboNXT products made from 100% recycled materials, ready for use our customers’ next applications:

  • Milled carbon fiber
  • Chopped carbon fiber strands from 3 to 100 mm
  • Fiberball, granulated carbon fibers
  • Fibertube, high-dose carbon fiber tubes
  • rCF compound, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic
  • Non-woven, textile carbon fiber fleeces
  • Veil, a carbon fiber paper
  • rCF smc/rCF bmc, carbon fiber-reinforced duroplastic molding compounds

Each enables innovative engineering possibilities, supporting the needs of a multitude of applications and industries.

Our customer base includes major OEMs and fabricators in all industries, including automobile, aerospace, construction, large public infrastructure projects, and sports and leisure.

Industry Impact

A greener answer to increasing demand for carbon fiber

A frontrunner in the carbon fiber recycling industry, carboNXT leads the way in the collection, extraction, and commercialization of recycled carbon fiber, transforming waste into a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance products.

With a limited number of manufacturers of virgin fibers, sourcing the material can also prove a challenge.

It is estimated that more than 30% of carbon fibers produced end up as waste at some point in their lifecycle. With the possibility to recover fibers from waste material, we can contribute to ongoing material availability.

Beyond waste reduction, recycled carbon fibers offer an improved CO2 footprint compared to the production of virgin fibers. The opportunity to extend the lifecycle of these materials ensures price-performance and supply, all while contributing to more climate-conscientious and circular production.

CASE STUDIES

See how our Composites Toolbox is helping solve the world’s most complex engineering challenges

CASE STUDY

Rewriting the manufacturing process with KyronTEX®

From test material and prototype design to final improved product.
Our composites experts shared KyronTEX®, with our partner Oribi and together we helped realign their production processes and create a more cost-effective, better-quality motorcycle helmet.

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Motorcycle helmet reinforced with carbon fiber
CASE STUDY

Developing scalable and cost-effective car body panels with carbon fiber prepregs

Streamlining processes to reduce emissions and production costs.
Our composites experts helped a leading automotive manufacturer apply a highly flexible prepreg to lower production costs and emissions in producing and painting body panels for their vehicles.

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Glossy surface of a finished car body panel reinforced with advanced carbon fiber materials.
CASE STUDY

Reducing aircraft emissions with recycled composites

New materials and processes redefine sustainable manufacturing in the aerospace sector
We are helping Boeing work towards reducing the amount of aerospace waste going to landfills with recyclable materials and composite technologies.

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