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Tuesday, June 1 • 10:50 - 11:15
UPCYCLING for thermoplastic composites : How to recycle with added value using ThermoPRIME® & Thermosaic® technologies

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  • Upcycling for thermoplastic composites = added value
  • Market and Industrial opportunities
  • Contribution to global cost reduction of composites

Recycling thermoplastic composite materials with an “upcycling” approach is a way to contribute to the grow of the global thermoplastic composite market. As a lot of waste is generated during the production process of panels and preforms, finding solutions for recycling it with more added value is a real concern.
Contrary to chemical or “downcycling” technologies, the innovative process Thermosaïc® & ThermoPRIME® allows the production, from waste, of large-scale panels having maximized mechanical performances. Based on a thermomechanical and "step by step" process, this line is a concrete cost-effective recycling technology which provides a way to reuse the generated waste or end-of-life components by producing new composite materials with a competitive cost/performance ratio. Two ways of production are possible with the same line :
  • Thermosaïc®: recovery of thermoplastic composite production waste and/or end-of-life products, sorted and crushed beforehand, then shredded. Shreds are bound by thermocompression into the shape of structural panels with a continuous production. The breakdown approach is to keep the intrinsic value of the composite (no separation of the fibre and the matrix) during the recycling process.
  • ThermoPRIME®: recycled plastic materials are associated with continuous or long fiber reinforcements, to produce recycled composite panels with a higher technical and economic value.
Easy to use and cost-effective, the technology is based on usual industrial equipment, with initial investment and operating cost lower than a continuous production line (e.g.: line with a double belt press). Flexibility of the line allows the process of various thermoplastic matrix combined with different kinds or mixed reinforcements.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Frederic RUCH

Frederic RUCH

Manager of Polymer Composite & Engineering department, CETIM GRAND EST
F. Ruch is the manager of Polymer Composite & Engineering department, at Cetim Grand Est. After a PhD in physico-chemistry, he has been working for 10 years in the field of polymer/composite failure analysis, and more recently as an engineering consultant. In addition, since 2011... Read More →
avatar for Clément CALLENS


BU Manager Industry of the Future, CETIM GRAND EST
Mechanical engineer with a background in automotive industry (10 years) in process optimization and industrialization.After this industrial experience, skills were completed with an innovation expertise as project manager during 5 years in the technical center CETIM (as QSP® project... Read More →

Tuesday June 1, 2021 10:50 - 11:15 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)