Boeing

Boeing

Guiding a materials sustainability strategy

Context

Lighter carbon-fibre composite materials have revolutionised aircraft manufacture, but they are very hard to recycle. Boeing wanted to drive the development of carbon-fibre recycling. It asked Innovia Technology to conduct a learning exchange with non-aerospace organisations to unearth key insights and processes for achieving material sustainability in different industries.

Approach

We worked with various organisations. One was Jaguar Land Rover, which not only recycles waste aluminium from its own manufacturing process but also is starting to use recycled aluminium from vehicles and drinks cans in its cars. Another was Interface, the world’s largest commercial carpet tile manufacturer, which recycles nylon from both its own carpets and from discarded fishing nets into new carpet tiles.

Impact

Boeing is using our insights to develop a material sustainability strategy for the carbon fibre composites used in its aircraft.