Composites UK, the trade association for the UK Composites supply chain has announced Sigmatex as the winner of the prestigious 2017 Composites UK Environment Initiative/Sustainability award. The company has bagged the award for its extensive work to reduce the amount of carbon fibre waste generated in-house during its production processes.
Sigmatex has also successfully developing a recycled product which utilises the existing waste stream.
During its in-house manufacturing processes, Sigmatex generates significant quantities of carbon fibre waste across its four manufacturing sites each year. Historically, this waste has been sent to landfill at an ever-rising cost to the business and the environment. Sigmatex has developed a means to capture the waste in a form suitable for conversion, whilst maintaining the primary benefits of carbon fibre. By enabling the alignment of fibre to maximise the mechanical properties in a directional manner. The product, sigmaRF, was launched at last years Advanced Engineering show and has since received further investment from the company, becoming one of the key components within Sigmatex portfolio. SigmaRF is suitable for many applications which currently use virgin carbon fibre-themoplastic materials and is especially applicable to the automotive, sports and leisure, medical, and energy sectors.
Sigmatex global commercial manager Paul McMullan said, “We are proud to have been recognised in this category, the award further acknowledges our commitment to addressing an industry-wide issue and supports our innovative nature to provide cutting edge textiles to our customers”.
The award will be officially presented at the annual Composites UK awards dinner that will be held on November 1, 2017 at the national conference centre, Birmingham. Sigmatex’s Tom Rockwood has also been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year award.