GS4C already worked on an initial set of samples based on the mutifilament enriched basalt fibres produced by Isomatex which gives excellent properties (comparable to S-Glass) and is working now on a second prototyping campaign with the partners of the network, this is also including tests on industrial waste to verify the properties of the composite products obtained from the recycled basalt fibres. GS4C is already looking at other sustainable reinforcements to grow the range of the offer according to the specific needs of the end users.
GS4C set up a network of enterprises whose mission is to develop and commercialise a portfolio of semi finished products with proven characteristics of sustainability and recyclability. The products’ manufacturing process will be designed to guarantee a zero-landfill life-cycle, including an end of life recycling solution for any final product manufactured with the semi-finished product bearing the network’s brand.
Volumes of waste produced by the total composite market were estimated to be 156 000 tonnes in 2000, with around 70% of this coming from end-of-life waste and the remainder from production waste. It is thought that these figures could almost double to a total of 304 000 tonnes in 2015, with over 80% of this arising from end-of-life waste. Other figures of at least 500 000 tonnes of composite being scrapped in Europe have also been estimated. GS4C is working toward an integrated solution that would not add to the problem setting a new standard for environmentally friendly composite manufacturing. The innovative offer will be based on a zero-landfill process from raw sustainable material to final product release including cradle to cradle end of life strategy re-entering the recovered material into the manufacturing chain.