TechTalk: Taking on the Fiberglass challenge

Thursday, 10 December 2020

This TechTalk is organised by our Construction Material Pavilion partner Simonetta Pegorari & Aaron Porter.

Fiberglass is strong, lightweight and relatively inexpensive. Over the last few decades, the production and use of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (FRP), have continuously increased in all industrial sectors but mainly in the marine sector. The increase in production and consumption has obviously led to an exponential increase in growth of FRP waste, both as end-of-life products (End of Life, EoL) and as manufacturing waste. For more than 70 years we have been producing boats made of fiberglass. Production from 1970s to 1980s are are reaching their ends of days. The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) has estimated that there are more than 6 million recreational craft in Europe alone.

Moderator: Aaron Porter (Editor at Professional BoatBuilder Magazine) 
Speakers: Antonello Dimiccoli (Technical Supervisor at Korek), Andrea Paduano (Chief Technical Officer at Northern Light Composites), Laura Saviano (Founder of Korek)

This session is brought to you by: 

Headline sponsor: Raymarine 
Platinum sponsors: Cummins, FPT Powertrain Technologies, KOHLER 
Gold Sponsors: Melita Marine Group, Pon Power, SavageLightning, Volvo Penta, VYVA Fabrics 
Silver sponsors: DIAB, Dockmate, Eastman, epe, Gurit, KVH, LG Business Solutions, LUMISHORE, SPRADLING, Veratron Marine

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