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Speaker Interview with Young Ho Choi

60 seconds with a Senior Research Engineer at Hyundai Motor Company

Ahead of the upcoming GOCarbonFibre conference, we grabbed 60 seconds with Young Ho Choi, Senior Research Engineer at Hyundai Motor Company to get a sneak peek of what we can expect from his presentation. Here's what he had to say...

You will deliver a presentation focusing on “A Development of the Carbon Fibre recovery technology by recycling of CFRP “. Could you please give us a quick overview of what you would be sharing with our audience?

Carbon fibre composites are very important materials for future mobility weight reduction. Securing recycling technology for sustainability is essential for expanding of CFRP applications. My presentation is going to introduce how time and energy saving can be achieved through the improvement of conventional pyrolysis processes.

How does the carbon fibre industry market look today?

Many technologies and collaborations are expected not only in the transportation sector but also in the hydrogen energy sector.

What have been the most significant shifts in the carbon fibre and composites industry over the last couple of years?

In the past, labour-intensive composite moulding methods took a long time, and the quality of the product depended on the work skill. In recent years, automation equipment has made it easier to maintain a certain level of quality and reduced the processing time. Also, the material has been developed to enable the high-speed moulding process.

The past year has been one of many challenges – how do you see the carbon fibre and composites industry overcoming these challenges and moving forward?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution saw the need to manufacture products of various specifications rather than uniform mass production. Carbon fibre composites can also quickly foster new specifications by analysing the accumulated data on automation equipment described earlier with artificial intelligence. Also, the additive manufacturing of thermoplastic carbon fibre composites will become an increasingly important countermeasure.

Why do you think people should attend Go Carbon Fibre 2021?

It would be a great opportunity to gain insight into the industry-wide changes we had to consider and many of the corresponding development technologies.