Blackburn-based SME B&M Longworth Ltd are celebrating awards success this week after Composites UK, the Trade Association for the UK composites industry announced the winners of its 2021 awards.
300 people in attendance at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, witnessed Longworth receiving the 2021 award for Sustainability.
Their entry stated; “Our task was to launch an emerging technology into a new industry, across multiple sectors, in new world regions, all from a low TRL, no contacts and very limited budget. But we love a challenge…”
In accepting the award from Matt Grudgings of Briar Associates, director Jen Hill says, “This means so much more than an industry award, it marks the industry’s recognition of a lifetime of invention, innovation and hard work. We knew we were onto something, and it’s great to know the composites industry agrees.”
Environmentalists at heart and innovators by nature since 1976, Longworth’s awards entry detailed their DEECOM® reclamation technology; a superheated, low pressure steam reclamation process. DEECOM® reduces, recovers and allows the reuse of pristine carbon and glass fibres along with resin monomers, it emits only water vapour into the atmosphere making it a ‘clean’ alternative to more established recycling methods.
DEECOM® is sustainable in itself; a clean system using only water and energy – there are no toxic fumes, hazardous emissions or expensive solvents required.
In addition, DEECOM® brings sustainability to those employing it – they can reduce, if not negate waste, reduce energy, drastically reduce their carbon footprint AND reduce their costs.
Composites is just one of the applications where DEECOM® can bring about sustainability, help with circularity and take industry towards net zero, other challenging waste streams are available in more detail online.
Jen ended with a plea to the evening’s guests; “Our dream now is for the industry to stop talking about sustainability and just do it.”
Composites UK is the trade association for the UK composites industry. Case studies of all the shortlisted entries are available to download from their website.