Boeing (NYSE: BA) has announced it has partnered with ELG Carbon Fibre to recycle excess aerospace-grade composite material, which will be used by other companies to make products such as electronic accessories and automotive equipment, the company said.
The agreement — the first of its kind for the aerospace industry — covers excess carbon fiber from 11 Boeing airplane manufacturing sites and will reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.
Carbon-fiber reinforced material is extremely strong and lightweight, making it attractive for a variety of uses, including in building the super-efficient 787 Dreamliner and the all-new 777X airplane.
The partnership is expected to reduce solid waste by more than one million pounds a year.
Based on the success of the pilot project, Boeing says the new agreement should save a majority of the excess composite material from its 11 sites, which will support the company´s goal to reduce solid waste going to landfills 20 percent by 2025.
Boeing and ELG are considering expanding the agreement to include excess material from three additional Boeing sites in Canada, China and Malaysia.