Rethinking Composite Materials Manufacturing: The Path to Sustainable Production

Wednesday May 4th, 11.30am – 12.10pm – Agora 5

Composites manufacturers are accustomed to having their products evaluated on properties like performance and pricing. But customers are now assessing another aspect of their businesses: the sustainability of their manufacturing operations. Sustainable Manufacturing can be defined as “the creation of manufactured products thorough economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impact while conserving energy and natural resources” (US Environmental Protection Agency). For transitioning to a more sustainable society, it is vital to conduct research not only on material but also on production methods that may reduce the climate and environmental impact, with a target of zero waste.​

Speakers: ​

  • Mattia ANDOLFATTO, Project Manager R&D, Cannon Ergos​
  • Craig CARR, Technology Director Integrated Composite Structures, GKN Aerospace​
  • Thierry MERLOT, President, Aerospace — Europe, MEA/AP & Industrial, Hexcel​
  • Benjamin SAADA, CEO, FAIRMAT​
  • Tim YOUNG, Head of Sustainable Technologies, National Composites Center​

Moderator: Roberto FRASSINE, President, European Composites Industry Association​