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Smart polymer composite processing, recyclability and reuse

Although composites are preferred for many engineering applications due to their durability and superior strength, it is necessary to dispose and recycle waste properly at the end of the life of composites. Europe will generate 683,000 tonnes of composite waste by 2025. Global recycling capacity is less than 100,000 tonnes. Until industry can find better ways to reuse or recycle these materials, more than half a million tonnes of composites produced will follow a linear path to landfill.

For this reason, GAIKER is working on new EoL (End of Life) strategies for polymer composites that enable the reuse, recovery and/or recyclability of these materials through reconversion technologies, or through the design of new recyclable composites based on reversible cross-linking technologies.

We add smart functionality by embedding ferromagnetic microwires or adding magnetoactive coatings to composites while controlling part processing via in-mould sensors on 4.0 presses.



The objective of this project is to develop new circular resin systems adapted to composite structures in wind energy applications. These materials are intended to improve the circularity and minimize the environmental footprint of wind energy systems throughout their life cycle. It aims to explore alternative options that facilitate greater circularity, extended service life and efficient decommissioning.


The aim of the European INFINITE project is to provide continuous information on the condition and status of aerostructures at any point in their life cycle using smart materials and wireless technologies.
Composites will be developed with integrated sensors as part of the initiative to monitor the characteristics of these materials from their manufacture to their final recycling, with the aim of extending their useful life and improving their quality


The aim of this project is to develop lightweight materials based on aluminium and composite fibre metal laminates (FMLs), in order to meet demanding reaction to fire standards, by developing flame retardant prepregs.