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As the market for carbon fibre-reinforced composites seems poised for spectacular growth in the next decade, close attention is being paid to how best to recover post-use the valuable fibres and fabrics they contain, according to Adrian  Wilson.

There has been a notable rise in the number of companies supplying new nonwoven products as the basis for lightweight composite components for the automotive and construction industries, according to Adrian Wilson.

The use of strong, lightweight carbon fibres could enable carmakers to reduce the fuel consumption and environmental impact of their vehicles, but currently such materials are prohibitively expensive. Innovations in production and conversion will be vital if carbon fibres are ever to be used in mass-production applications, says James Bakewell.