IACMI – The Composites Institute is Closing the Loop on Automotive Carbon Fiber Prepreg Manufacturing Scrap


Knoxville, Tenn., October 16, 2018The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a 160+ member, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and U.S. Department of Energy driven consortium committed to increasing domestic production capacity and manufacturing jobs across the U.S. composites industry, announces a project to close the loop on automotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications. The project, which is led by Vartega, a start-up company focused on carbon fiber recycling, with project partners including Michelman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Michigan State University, the University of Dayton Research Laboratory, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Additional project support is provided by Ford, BASF, and Plasan Carbon Composites.

The two-year technical collaboration will address the challenges of creating consistent recycled carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics for use in vehicle lightweighting applications. Through the use of innovative and novel enabling technologies the project team will characterize and validate materials to meet the growing demand for cost effective carbon fiber needed for vehicle weight reductions to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and extend electric vehicle range.

“Carbon fiber recycling technology has matured significantly over the past decade, but several challenges still exist in producing materials at automotive scale. We recognized that a holistic approach needed to be taken to create supply chain solutions for recycled carbon fiber,” said Andrew Maxey, Vartega CEO. “In our work with the project team we’ll be able to demonstrate the viability of a circular economy for recycled carbon fiber combined with optimized sizing chemistries and commercial scale thermoplastic processing for automotive applications.”


“IACMI’s commitment to composites recycling and ability to facilitate projects that connect small and medium enterprises with large organizations are our institute’s DNA,” said John Hopkins, IACMI CEO. “This project is a great example of how manufacturers throughout the supply chain are coming together to solve difficult technical and business challenges.”


In addition to its work on this IACMI project, Vartega also has plans to install a commercial recycling system in the IACMI Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF) located in the Corktown area of Detroit. The SURF is located a half-mile away from the Michigan Central Train Depot which was recently acquired by Ford Motor Company as the centerpiece for its new mobility, autonomy, and electrification Corktown campus.

The Vartega-led project is supported in part through IACMI state partners including the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT),  Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentJobsOhio, and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  These state partners catalyze innovation by supporting IACMI and its members.

About IACMI-The Composites Institute: The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), managed by the Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation (CCS), is a partnership of industry, universities, national laboratories, and federal, state and local governments working together to benefit the nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate innovative research and development in the advanced composites field. CCS is a not-for-profit organization established by The University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The national Manufacturing USA institute is supported by a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, and over $180 million committed from IACMI’s partners. Find out more at IACMI.org.

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Emily King Kinsey

IACMI-The Composites Institute



Vartega selected as 2018 Colorado Cleantech Awards Finalist

GOLDEN, Colo. - Oct. 15, 2018 -- The Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) today named 10 companies and three individuals as finalists for the Colorado Cleantech Awards. Celebrating 10 years of CCIA in 2018, the Cleantech Awards honor leadership in advancing cleantech job creation, corporate growth, individual effort and innovation. Winners will be announced on October 24 at the Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration in Boulder, Colorado.

Company finalists were selected based on their ability to impact the clean technology marketplace, successful fundraising efforts, ability to scale technology, and statewide job creation impact. Individuals were selected for their commitment to expanding Colorado's cleantech ecosystem and their devotion to the growth of their respective organizations.

"We saw a sharp spike in the number of nominees in 2018, reflecting on the growing success of clean energy and clean technology in Colorado," said to CCIA executive director Shelly Curtiss. "With such a large pool of competitors, our judges had a very challenging time narrowing the field to these finalists. Colorado's cleantech companies continue to drive change and innovation across multiple industry sectors and the nominees this year could not be more representative of the breadth of technologies found in today's cleantech ecosystem."

The 2018 Colorado Cleantech Awards Finalists are:

Black Bear Energy
Bolder Industries
Cool Planet
SunTech Drive

Hygge Power
Lever Energy Capital
Scale Microgrid Systems

Forge Nano

Dave Lisle of Silver Bullet
Tim Reeser of Lightning Systems
Tony Wibbeler of Bolder Industries

CCIA has also announced the 2018 Colorado Legislator of the Year Award, which will be presented to House Representative Chris Hansen at the Awards.

The Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration will be held October 24 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Rayback Collective in Boulder. For more information, visit: http://coloradocleantech.com/cleantech-awards.

About CCIA

Founded in 2008, Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) is a statewide organization dedicated to promoting Colorado's cleantech industries. CCIA impacts Colorado's policies, people, products and programs that drive expansion of a cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and secure energy economy. Through advocacy, public policy leadership, development and education, CCIA works to ensure that Colorado is a global cleantech leader. For more information about CCIA, visit: http://www.coloradocleantech.com

Emily Long
Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

Vartega adds to its Executive Leadership Team

Ed Williams

Ed Williams

J. Scott Pusey

J. Scott Pusey

Vartega has added two experienced leaders on a contract basis to serve on its executive leadership team. Ed Williams and Scott Pusey are helping position Vartega for strong growth and expansion in 2019.

Ed Williams as acting Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Strategy

Ed currently serves as Chairman of the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association and has a 25-year career successfully driving accelerated growth and profitability for both Fortune 500 and entrepreneurial start-up technology businesses.  In expansion & early stage companies, Ed has led five companies as CEO - two in software and three in advanced materials and energy storage technologies, bringing them through rapid product commercialization, technology scaling, raising equity capital, and orchestrating successful exits through acquisitions. Actively committed to giving back, and supporting the Front Range community, Ed is also on the advisory boards of several technology companies, business accelerators, and social enterprises.

J. Scott Pusey as in-house General Counsel

Scott’s diverse career spans 28 years, with experience in large law firm practice in New York and Denver and several in-house legal counsel roles. He spent over 15 years with Johns Manville, a leading global manufacturer of advanced fibers used in a variety of commercial and industrial applications. At Johns Manville, Scott held C-Suite level executive leadership positions for eight years in Risk Management, Safety, Health and Environmental. He has also worked as a strategic risk management consultant and has expertise in process improvement consulting, sustainability strategy, and in-house legal operations leadership. Scott integrates with the Vartega business team and functions both as a legal advisor and as a strategic business partner. Scott enthusiastically takes advantage of the outdoor life in Colorado. He is an avid skier and road cyclist. He also enjoys hiking, camping and four-wheeling with his wife and four children.