TechTalk: Fiberglass RecyclingThursday, 10 December 2020–3:00 PM - 3:55 PM
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.
Moderator: Aaron Porter
Aaron Porter is Editor at Professional BoatBuilder Magazine.
Speaker: Laura Saviano
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.