BMW and Boeing sign deal to research carbon-fibre recycling

The BMW Group and Boeing have signed an agreement to participate in joint research for carbon-fibre recycling, as well as to share manufacturing knowledge and explore automation opportunities.

As part of the collaboration deal, Boeing and BMW will share carbon-fibre manufacturing process simulations and ideas for manufacturing automation.

With the release of the BMW i3 in late 2013, followed later by the BMW i8, BMW will bring two vehicles with a carbon passenger cell onto the market for the first time, while Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is 50 per cent constructed from carbon-fibre material.

According to a statement, recycling composite material at the point of use and at the end of the product life is important to both companies.