BMW, Boeing partner on carbon fiber recycling project

BMW, Boeing partner on carbon fiber recycling project

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The BMW Group and Boeing have signed an agreement to begin collaborating on research for carbon fiber recycling.

The companies use the space-age material to manufacture automobiles and airplanes respectively. Next year, BMW will launch two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell and half of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner will be made of the material. The companies see recycling of the carbon fiber used in products that have reached their end of life as "essential."

As part of the collaboration agreement, Boeing and the BMW Group will share carbon fiber manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation. The collaboration agreement between the two companies is the first in the history of either company.

BMW has built a new state-of-the-art carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington under a joint venture with the SGL Group. The plant is an important component in each company's strategy to automate production of ultra-light carbon fiber reinforced plastics for use in future vehicle concepts. The carbon fibers produced in Moses Lake will be used exclusively for the BMW Group's BMW i3 and BMW i8 automobiles.

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