A CONSORTIUM OF COMPLEMENTARY EXPERTISE
EMPHASIZING consortium consists of B&M LONGWORTH (Lead), Getamp, GEN2PLANK Limited, TWI Ltd, FORD TECHNOLOGIES Limited, EMS-CHEMIE (UK) Limited, and Brunel University London (Brunel Composites Centre).
Established in 1976, Longworth is a family-owned SME specialised in the design, development and use of reclamation technologies for value waste streams and high value manufacturing components for a range of industries. It develops solutions for the ‘clean’ recovery of parts and materials with a future value and potential for multiple lifecycles, otherwise destined for scrap or landfill and incineration. Longworth’s technology is focused on preserving value; offering extended production life with a reduced environmental impact. With its history in solvolysis and pyrolysis, Longworth’s development into pressolysis with the invention of DEECOM® in the early 2000s has added a host of materials, waste streams and industries for future focus, including fibre reinforced composites. Longworth technology is present in 19 countries with Industry 4 capabilities and monitoring from its base in Blackburn, UK. EMPHASIZING allows the DEECOM® pressolysis method to be applied to wind blade GRP waste at both post-industrial and end of life stages, in order to remove resin from fibre with the use of pressure. This process leaves clean glass fibres for reprocessing and upcycling through use of innovative sizing to valorise an otherwise large-scale waste material.
Gestamp is a multinational specialised in the design, development and manufacture of highly engineered metal components for top vehicle manufacturers. It develops products with an innovative design to produce lighter and safer vehicles, which offer improved energy consumption and a reduced environmental impact. Its products cover the areas of body-in-white, chassis and mechanisms. The company is present in 23 countries with 112 manufacturing plants, 13 R&D centres and a workforce of nearly 43,000 employees worldwide. Autotech Engineering R&D UK Ltd, are part of the Gestamp Chassis Business Unit, which are responsible for the Design, Development, Prototype and Testing of Chassis products. Autotech have developed leading edge optimisation tools for the development of lightweight chassis parts and have a reputation as a highly experienced and innovative supplier to the automotive industry. Gestamp (Autotech) is continuously innovating in product/process and material development and see Hybrid Material Structures as an important milestone in developing advanced technological parts for application on future OEM platforms.
Gen2Plank Ltd produces extruded profiles utilising recycled grp and recycled polymers. The business was established in 2021 in Wolverhampton and purchased a license from a Finnish company enabling the use of grp regrind to produce extruded structural profiles. With equipment for granulating, agglomerating and extruding, the company is in the process of developing a range of products for the construction industry.
TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Bases in the UK, North America, South East Asia, China, Australia, Central Asia, India and the Middle East see 800 staff provide technical support in joining and technologies such as material science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing, electronic packaging and cutting. Services include generic research, contract R&D, technical information, consultancy, standards drafting, training and qualification. TWI offers a single, impartial source of service for joining engineering materials. TWI is internationally renowned for its multidisciplinary teams that implement established or advanced joining technology solving problems at any stage – from initial design, materials selection, production and quality assurance, through service performance and repair.
Ford Motor Company is the leading motor manufacturer, by sales, in the UK with nearly 14% of the market share, and its engineering centre in Essex is highly regarded across the UK and Europe for the expertise and facilities. The Ford engineering centres, in combination with the diesel engine plant at Dagenham employ approximately 10,000 staff. The staff have access to an extensive range of vehicle and sub‐system test equipment, prototype engine manufacturing and laboratories. Ford Motor Company has a wealth of experience in running successful research and development programs.
The EMS Group is active worldwide in the business areas High Performance Polymers and Specialty Chemicals. The companies within the group are consolidated in the EMS-CHEMIE HOLDING AG domiciled in Domat/Ems. The business area High Performance Polymers is comprised of EMS-GRIVORY and EMS-EFTEC. EMS-GRIVORY is the leading specialised manufacturer of high-performance polyamides and the supplier with the widest range of polyamide materials. EMS-GRIVORY is made up of the three Business Units EMS-GRIVORY Europe, EMS-GRIVORY America and EMS-GRIVORY Asia. EMS-EFTEC is represented under the name EFTEC as leading supplier worldwide for adhesives, sealants and coatings including application engineering systems for the automotive industry.
Brunel University London
Brunel University London, founded in 1966, is the largest campus-based university in London. Home to 13,000 students from over 110 countries worldwide, Brunel offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The university has been highly successful in building Brunel Composites Centre (BCC). BCC is an innovation centre that creates shared research and technology capabilities. BCC sits between the knowledge base and industry, supporting industry partners to transfer academic research into industrial application, making it the perfect innovation centre to deliver this project from Brunel University London side.