2018 Programme

Pre-conference workshop

Recycling & Sustainability in Carbon Fibre

  1. Welcome & registration

  2. Practical applications in recycling carbon fibre

    Frazer Barnes | Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre

  3. Recycled carbon fibres: limits and opportunities for composite material industry

    Alessandra Passaro | Head of Advanced Materials and Processes Consulting Area of CETMA

    This presentation will be addressed to recycled carbon fibre producers, semi-finished products producers (thermoplastic compounds, BMC, SMC), component manufacturers (automotive, aeronautical, naval and wind fields). 

  4. Networking break

  5. Case study on efficiency evaluation in composite production

    Magdalena Kimm | Construction Composites of Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University

    • Case study on production of fiber reinforced concrete façade elements
    • Actual vs. target efficiency regarding quality, costs and time are measured by characteristic parameters (methodical approach: lean production)
    • Approaches for archiving the targets are developed to implement a closed loop production with less material and cut waste
  6. Cost effectiveness vs sustainability

    Tim Rademacker | Managing Director of carbonNXT GmbH

    • Labelling requirements for composite components
    • Under what circumstances is CFRP recycling useful?
    • Who should be paying for the recycling of CFRP?
  7. Key factors for a sustainable carbon fibre nonwoven

    Sowmya Mignani | Chief Executive of RYMYC

  8. A joint Q&A session

  9. End of the Pre-Conference Workshop

Conference Day 1

Day 1 – Wednesday, 10 October 2018

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

    John Davidson MSc | Product Director, Oxidation and Carbonisation of Cygnet Texkimp

Session 1- Market overviews, new trends & developments

  1. Opportunities for carbon fibre in current and emerging markets

    Dan Pichler | CEO of CarbConsult

    • New technologies
    • Emerging applications
  2. Research Scale Carbon fibre Equipment, a Path to Production

    Brian Gooden | Director of Furnace Engineering

    • There is much interest in finding new precursors and explore improvements to the production processes to make carbon Fibre
    • It becomes necessary to convert  small quantities of precursor to carbon fibre in a way that is later reproducible in production
    • There is a place for low cost small scale equipment that can produce results quickly
  3. The global prospects for carbon fibre pressure vessels in vehicles powered by alternative fuels

    Andrew Mafeld | Managing Director of Connectra

    • Alternative fuel developments by global region
    • Alternative fuel infrastructure status and targets
    • Carbon fibre based pressure vessel developments by vehicle segment
    • Market demand scenarios for carbon fibre pressure vessels
  4. Networking refreshment break

Session 2 - Innovation in carbon fibre and composites

  1. Mass production of composite products

    Prof. Andrew Walker | Head of Composite Products of OTTO FUCHS KG

  2. Multimaterial carbon fibre composite concept for automotive applications

    Hans Hansson | Senior Advisor of Swerea SICOMP of Swerea SICOMP

    Carbon fibre composites has been introduced in low quantities in the body of exclusive cars or in larger quantities in semi-structural applications.  High cost, low production capacity and technical challenges on how to integrate composite components with a metal body has slowed down the introduction of carbon fibre composites in automotive industry. By using a multi-material strategy carbon fibre composites can be introduced in large scale in automotive applications.

  3. Polyethylene as sustainable material for low cost carbon fibre production

    Dr.-Ing. Andreas De Palmenaer | Head of research group carbon fibre of Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

    • Are polyethylene-based carbon fibres currently competitive?
    • Is polyethylene as an alternative precursor capable of displacing PAN from the market as a precursor?
    • Do polyethylene-based carbon fibres have potential for a green carbon fibre?
  4. Carbon composite additive manufacturing: Ready for high volume?

    Derek Buckmaster | Director of Carbon Nexus

    Additive manufacturing (popularly known as “3D printing”) has become widely accepted for the rapid prototyping of relatively small components. This presentation will review the capabilities of the technology and identify the challenges to be met for it to be truly ready for high-volume production of structural composite products.

  5. State-of -the art production scale oxidation ovens

    Volker Köhler | Senior Sales Engineer, Carbon Fibre and Felt of Eisenmann Thermal Solutions GmbH & Co. KG

    • Fibre near processing aspects
    • Comparison of processing aspects of parallel flow oxidation ovens
  6. Networking lunch

Breakout session A - Automotive Sector

  1. Scaling up automotive production processes

    Greg Lipoczi | Business Development Manager - Wind Energy of Scott Bader

    • Innovation cycle and time to market in automotive OEM environment
    • Adaptation of CF composites in high volume (>100.000+/year) series
    • How to achieve process excellence in high volume series
    • Utilisation of Design for Assembly and Design for Manufacturing principles
  2. Designing high-performance discontinuous-composite components

    Soraia Pimenta | Lecturer of Imperial College London

    • Mechanical performance of compression moulded carbon-fibre discontinuous composites.
    • A Case study: simulation of automotive components
  3. A joint Q&A

    A joint Q&A with:

    • Greg Lipoczi, Business Development Manager, Renault-Nissan Consulting
    • Soraia Pimenta, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

Breakout session B - Wind Power & Marine Sectors

  1. The future growth of carbon fibre in the wind energy sector

    Julien Sellier | Managing Director and Co-Founder of STRUCTeam

    • The commercial benefits of using this advanced material to manufacture robust, reliable turbine blades whilst ensuring a secure supply chain
    • Identifying the pain points and enabling elements for OEM to broadly adopt Carbon Fibre
  2. The use of carbon fabrics in marine applications

    Dr Balázs Zsigmond | Carbon Fabric Specialist of Metyx Composites

    • Summary of composite marine market (mainly glass and carbon fibre)
    • Is it feasible to use carbon fibre and fabric in marine sector?
    • Case studies of carbon fabric applications

    Presented by  Metyx Composites, Telateks Group

  3. A joint Q&A

    A joint Q&A with:

    Julien Sellier, Managing Director and Co-founder of STRUCTeam Ltd

  4. Networking break

Breakout session C - Aerospace Industry

  1. New design and process for high performance structural parts by additive manufacturing

    Jean-Christophe Rietsch | Design office and program manager - composite research center - Hutchinson Research and Innovation Center of Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry

    • Breakthrough in the design of composite parts thanks to a high performance additive manufacturing for structural parts
    • The latest new technologies developed for automotive and Aerospace applications
  2. Fibre patch placement technology - automated manufacturing of complex composites for new applications in aerospace

    Dr.-Ing. Neven Majic | Executive Vice President - Software Technology & Co-Founder of Cevotec

    • Overcoming challenges in production of complex composites
    • Technology potential using Fibre Patch Placement for Multi-Material-Design
    • Presenting the virtual process chain as key enabler for patch-based composites
  3. A joint Q&A

    This joint Q&A will include:

    • Bertrand Florentz, Director of the Composite Technical Center and Technical Director of  Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry
    •  Dr.-Ing. Neven Majic, Executive Vice President - Software Technology, Co-Founder, Cevotec
  4. Chair's closing remaks

Breakout session D - Building & Infrastructure

  1. Composites in Future Smart Cities

    Mikko Lassila | Product Business Owner, Telecommunication of Exel Composites PLC

    • Increasing energy efficiency
    • 5G revolution and its impact in city constructions
    • The role of carbon fibre in construction and architecture
  2. A high-efficient manufacturing technology for reinforcement textiles based on a cost-efficient winding process

    Delivered by Hille Engineering GmbH & Co. KG and Fibraforce

    • A Short introduction of the consortia Fibraforce
    • Classification of the new manufacturing process compared to established processes
    • Advantages and challenges in comparison to established products and processes
    • Estimation of resulting semi-finished product costs and product properties
    • Cost-benefit analysis of the process and classification in the process chain
  3. Q&A and discussion session

  4. Chair's closing remarks

Evening Drinks Reception

  1. Evening drinks reception

Conference Day 2

Day 2 - Thursday, 11 October 2018

  1. Registration and Welcome Refreshments

  2. Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Soraia Pimenta, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London

Session 3 - Sustainability issues in carbon fibre and composites

  1. Lifecycle Analysis of Carbon Fibre and composites

    Frazer Barnes | Managing Director of ELG Carbon Fibre

    • Where the industry is?
  2. Recycling & Sustainability – new trends

    Magdalena Kimm | Construction Composites of Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University

    • CF-waste types & volumes
    • Textile products made of rCF
    • CF as short fibre reinforcement of concrete and mortar products
  3. Recycling carbon fibres from end of life composites

    Andrew Page | Business Development Manager, Chemicals and Polymers Department of TOYOTA TSUSHO UK LTD

    • Supply high spec reclaimed carbon fibres from End of Life CF composites and reuse in automotive lightweighting applications
    • Fibres reclaimed by supercritical solvolysis rather than pyroloisis
    • Sources of material Aviation sector, wind turbine blades and eventually car components
  4. Networking refreshment break

  5. Carbon fibre recycling – sustainability through disruption

    Tim Rademacker | Managing Director of carbonNXT GmbH

    • Disruption & innovation of the carbon fibre market for a more sustainable future by not only recycling CFRP but also by introducing new applications using secondary raw materials

Session 4 - New trends in process, developments & OEM applications

  1. Panel discussion: Standardisation of carbon fibre – Is Standardisation a hot topic we feel we can do nothing about?

    Featuring by: Exel Composites PLC, Renault-Nissan Consulting, and more

    It’s a fact that such things, whilst being a hot topic, usually fizzle out due to lack of action, if not interest.

    Standardisation on materials is a scary subject for the carbon fibre producers, if all materials meet the same criteria the only differential is price….which is the bit that worries the manufacturers most.


    Chaired by:  John Davidson MSc, Product Director – Oxidation & Carbonisation, Cygnet Texkimp – UK

    Panellists include:

    • Mikko Lassila, Product Business Owner, Telecommunication, Exel Composites PLC – Finland
    • Julien Sellier, Managing Director and Co-founder, STRUCTeam Ltd – UK
    • Greg Lipoczi, Business Development Manager, Renault-Nissan Consulting – UK
    • Dr. Balázs ZSIGMOND, Carbon Fibre Specialist, METYX Composites - Hungary
  2. A joint presentation: The application of the Induction Heating, profiting of the high modulus pitch carbon fabrics in order to drastically reduce the cure cycles

    Featuring by: Corebon AB and GP Marketing Consulting Sas

    Carbon fibre properties and new fabric range of products
    Example of production processes-related costs-saving (RTM, Autoclave, infusion, press moulding, and more)

    Speakers include:

    • Kenneth Frogner, Head of R&D, Corebon AB
    • Paolo Grati, M.Sc. Aeronautical Engineer, GP Marketing Consulting Sas
  3. Novel approach to the oxidation process control in the industrial carbon fibre line - Engineering concept and data statistic

    Yuri Svistunov | CEO deputy and Chief Technical Officer of UMATEX

    Oxidation part of the most world operated carbon fiber lines is the most energy consuming and dangerous areas of any carbon fiber plant. The scientific and engineering focus to make it more efficient and safe is something very often studied and published in the specific papers. This presentation gives the review on the approach which was theoretically engineered and realized on practice on the existing carbon fiber line with the annual capacity up to 1500 metric tons. The paper will include:

    • A review on the existing industrial approach to control the oxidation stage of the carbon fiber lines
    • Safety and economic issues, limitations of the common systems
    • Core idea of the new approach, theoretical background
    • Successful integration of the new approach into the industrial carbon fiber line, statistic of failures detection
    • Ideas on the further system promotion
  4. Networking lunch

Session 5 - Alternatives to and development in PAN precursors

  1. New processes for low-cost carbon fibres from lignin and polyethylene

    Dr. Erik Frank | Head of Carbon Fiber Development of German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf

Session 6 – Future trends & investments

  1. Renewable electricity as the new feedstock for carbon fibre

    Mikael Nordlander | Head of Industry Decarbonisation R&D Portfolio, Industry Decarbonisation of Vattenfall AB

    • Why electrify? Development of renewable electricity generation
    • Basic polymers from electricity instead of petroleum
    • PAN-fiber from CO2 and electricity – build tomorrow’s cars from yesterday’s emissions?
  2. Panel discussion: The trends for growth in the carbon fibre & composites market

    Featuring by: Cygnet Texkimp, CarbConsult, Unamex Group, and Lux Research

    • How the industry is adopting challenges and opportunities
    • Future trends on the use of technology to generate advancements

    Panellists include:

    • John Davidson MSc, Product Director – Oxidation & Carbonisation, Cygnet Texkimp
    • Dan Pichler, Managing Director, CarbConsult
    • Yuri Svistunov, CEO deputy and Chief Technical Officer of UMATEX
    • Cecilia Gee, Research Associate, Lux Research
  3. Chair’s closing remarks

    Dr.-Ing. Andreas De Palmenaer, Head of research group carbon fibre, Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University

  4. End of the conference