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Chair's opening remarks
SESSION 1: Key Drivers Behind the Carbon Fibre Market
Addressing the challenges and opportunities of carbon fibre in tomorrow's wind blades
  • Identifying the influencing factors in the growth of wind blade lengths
  • Maximising carbon fibre usage in tomorrow’s wind blades
  • Summarising material choices for spar cap technology and assessing supply chain impact and solutions
  • Forecasting future trends in wind blade development and associated technologies

Julien Sellier | Managing Director, STRUCTeam Ltd
SESSION 2: Sustainability and Design
Keynote: CFRTP: From idea to large scale production
A new lightweight design for CFRTP parts combining thermoformed UD carbon fibre rods and injection moulding is described from the idea up to Serial CFRTP structural part for BMW Group body-in-white application
  • Specifications for fibre composites to compete with metallic materials
  • Lightweight approach
  • New design approach: Skeleton design
  • From idea to the series product

Hanno Pfitzer | Projektleitung HVS Diagnose, Reparatur und Recycling, BMW AG
Keynote panel discussion: Innovative applications of carbon fibre in the automotive industry
Panel moderator: Frazer Barnes, CEO, Gen 2 Carbon Ltd.
  • Hanno Pfitzer, Projektleitung HVS Diagnose, Reparatur und Recycling, BMW AG
  • Andrea Hohmann, Head of Sustainable Factory and Production Planning, Fraunhofer IGCV
The transition to a fossil free society - and what it can mean for carbon fibre
  • The role of electricity and hydrogen when transforming the energy supply
  • A new generation of industries are taking shape
  • Hydrocarbons from electricity and CO2 – future fuels and materials

Mikael Nordlander | Director Industry Decarbonisation R&D, Vattenfall AB
Networking break
Recycled carbon fibre composites for crashworthy automotive structures
  • The specific energy absorption of recycled discountiuous carbon fibre composites meets or exceeds continuous virgin fibre laminates
  • The energy absorption of composite materials is largely dictated by the matrix temperature and strain rate-dependent properties
  • Thermoplastic fibre-reinforced composites perform well at both static and dynamic crash rates at temperatures relevant to automotive operation.
  • The embodied manufacturing energy of crashworthy recycled fibre composites is reduced without significantly impeding crashworthiness

Philip R. Barnett | Assistant Research Professor of Clean Manufacturing, University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute
Life cycle assessment (LCA) toolbox
  • Understand why the production of CF is difficult to measure for environment impact assessment
  • Proposal of an approach, with inventory data, to characterise the environmental impact of CF from a standard commercial production facility
  • Identification of key variables that affect the environmental impact of CF production

Amy Fitzgerald | Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability, University of Surrey and National Composites Centre
SESSION 3: New Technology and Sustainable Production Processes
Wet compression moulding process development for high rate, complex shape automotive structures
  • High-rate CF manufacturing 
  • Fire retarded battery car includers
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Electric vehicles battery pack

Andrew Mills | Principal Research Fellow, Cranfield Composites Centre
Low-cost ionic liquids for the spinning of renewable carbon fibres from lignin
  • We have developed a patented wet-spinning technology for producing high lignin content fibres
  • Only low-cost non-flammable solvents used
  • Industrial lignin’s converted to carbon fibres at high yields with currently moderate mechanical properties
  • Direct spinning from black liquor possible

Dr. Agi (Agnieszka) Brandt-Talbot | Lecturer, Director, Imperial College London
Chair's closing remarks and end of day one
Chair's opening remarks
SESSION 4: Thermoplastics
Keynote: How we create value in composite materials thanks to sustainability
The 'Centro Sviluppo Compositi' is the hub for the development and innovation of composite materials, scouting and new transformation processes in Automobili Lamborghini.
Lamborghini has been working for more than 10 years on various projects aimed at making the production of carbon components more sustainable by focusing on 4 main topics:
  • Decrease
  • Re-use
  • Recycle
  • Energy saving

Attilio Masini | Coordinator of CFRP Scouting & Technologies, Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Carbon fibres: from primary recycling to finished components. Virtuous circularity case studies
  • Re-use/transformation of primary recycling results into thermoplastic and thermoset-based products
  • Thermosets: new product line suitable for different processes
  • Thermoplastics: from organosheet to finished product - a case of excellence
  • Use of induction as a bonding system for thermoplastics
​Paolo Grati, Owner, GP Marketing Consulting and President, RECARBON
Patrick Pacchetti, Consultant, GP Marketing Consulting and Project Manager, RECARBON
Combining structural performance with visible carbon fibre design aesthetics through the use of PP-based thermoplastic composites
  • New visible designs and structural performance using TAFNEX™ CF-PP UD tapes including the study of sheet production, finishing and combination with injection moulding technologies
  • Demonstration of mechanical recyclability of TAFNEX™ based on different waste streams to produce recycled long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) pellets

Dr. Christos Karatzias | Senior Manager New Business Development, Mitsui Chemicals Europe GmbH
SESSION 5: Recycling
New products out of recycled carbon fibres
  • Recycled carbon fibres
  • Highly orientated rCF-tapes
  • rCF-nonwoven from wet-laids
  • Organosheets from nonwoven
  • New applications for rCF

Jakob Woelling | Head of Department for Sustainable Composites, Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV
From manufacturing to recycling: Toray PMC's vision for zero discharge thermoplastic composites
  • Introduction to thermoplastic carbon fibre composites and what are engineering thermoplastics
  • Overview of the manufacturing process of thermoplastic carbon fibre composites
  • Overview of the recycling process for thermoplastic carbon fibre composites, including the benefits, challenges, and methods used
  • Conclusion and summary of the key takeaways, rapid manufacturing and highlighting the importance of sustainable practices and a life cycle approach in the carbon fibre composite industry

Saurabh Vaidya | Research and Development Engineer, TORAY PMC.
Networking break
The role of recycled carbon fibre in the growth of the carbon fibre industry
  • Overview of the carbon fibre market
  • The role of recycled carbon fibres within this market
  • Environmental, capacity and economic benefits
  • Products and applications

Frazer Barnes | CEO, Gen 2 Carbon Ltd.
SESSION 6: Innovations
Tailwinds on carbon fibre market due to net zero targets
  • Increasing uptake of CF in bigger windmill blades
  • Hydrogen storage and transport to drive multidecadal growth
  • Other use cases: Transmission lines. Automotive lightweighting

Siddhartha Bhargava | Vice President – Strategy and Corporate Development, New Energies and Materials, Reliance Industries Limited
Carbon Fibre - The key enabler for gaseous hydrogen storage
  • State-of-the art of hydrogen storage
  • Economical aspects and markets
  • Potential for carbon fibre

Axel Seifert | Managing Director, SHARP Composites
Closing interactive advisory board panel discussion: Development and future of carbon fibre
  • Frazer Barnes, CEO, Gen 2 Carbon Ltd
  • John Davidson, Product Director, Oxidation and Carbonisation, Cygnet Texkimp
  • Dr. Greg Lipoczi, Commercial DirectorEcon Engineering 
  • Andrew Mafeld, Managing Director, Connectra
Chair closing remarks and end of conference

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