TechTalk: Fiberglass Recycling

Thursday, 10 December 20203:00 PM - 3:55 PM
CMP Stage

Taking on the fiberglass challenge

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.


With millions of old boats headed for landfills over the next decade, the global boating industry faces an environmental challenge. The EoL issue has been gradually rising to the surface along shorelines and marinas in the form of abandoned, and no longer used vessels. After long years of carelessness,  we are now starting to take on the fiberglass challenge. Sustainability, industrial ecology, eco-efficiency, green chemistry and new laws, are pushing the development of the next generation of materials, products, and processes. Currently there is a lot of research going on, nevertheless there are many proposals but not yet specific installations, equipment, procedures and programs for the recycling and reusing of complex products of this type.


The session consists of a 30 minutes TechTalk  and a 15 minutes AfterTalk. The TechTalk is open to everyone, however the number of attendees in the AfterTalk is limited. Therefore make sure to secure your spot by registering on the METSTRADE Connect platform. 


This TechTalk is organised by our Construction Material Pavilion partner Simonetta Pegorari, Consultant & Journalist.



Aaron Porter

Moderator: Aaron Porter

Aaron Porter is Editor at Professional BoatBuilder Magazine.



Speaker: Laura Saviano

Laura Saviano is the Founder and Sole Director of Korec. Korec is a company established with the scope of developing and spreading a new and innovative technology which brings to the market a disruptive innovation for recycling fiberglass-rinforced plastics waste. The company has developed a thermochemical process, able to recover, in addition to glass fiber, also the resin contained in fiberglass-rinforced plastics waste. The technological process was patented in Italy and, after preliminary report on patentability, fully positive, released by the International Searching Authority, it was also patented in Europe, USA, Brazil, China and India.



Speaker: Antonello Dimiccoli

Antonello Dimiccoli is the Technical Supervisor at Korec. Antonello coordinates and supervises the development and implementation of the patented technology. 



Speaker: Andrea Paduano

Andrea Paduano is Chief Technical Officer at Northern Light Composites. The circular economy meets the nautical sector: a new material to build boats by flax fiber and recyclable resin. Northern Light Composites has developed a breakthrough innovation for a sustainable composite material that is recyclable at the end of the life. During 2020 the first prototype - a small sailing dinghy "ecoprimus" - was launched and tested in order to validate the technology.



Speaker: Fabio Bignolini

Fabio Bignolini is the Founder of Northern Light Composites.