With more carbon fiber products being produced, and BMW about to start production of its carbon fiber-based electric i cars, it was inevitable that somebody would need to look at recycling this expensive material. So the BMW Group has just announced a collaborative agreement with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to begin joint research into recycling.
As an added benefit, it appears the two companies will also share manufacturing knowledge and explore automation opportunities.
When the BMW i3 arrives later in 2013, followed later by the BMW i8 coupe, BMW will have two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell. This will make them one of the largest carbon fiber producers, and the Germans have been busy buying carbon fiber specialists to acquire new knowledge.
Meanwhile, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is built with 50% carbon fiber material, making it an enormous producer of the material. Therefore, both need to consider recycling the composite material both at the point of use and at the end of the product's life in order to maintain green credentials.