At the recently-opened Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC), IACMI-The Composites Institute signed an agreement to establish the CRTC as a strategic partner and West Coast satellite location for IACMI. The CRTC is the world’s first facility for product development from recycled carbon fiber. The agreement also allows Peninsula College to expand its capacity to train the composites manufacturing workforce of the future.
“Innovative products made from recycled carbon fiber provide this region with opportunities for transforming our economy, attracting and training the best and brightest, and leading the nation in sustainable composites manufacturing.” said Robert Larsen, CRTC CEO. “We are pleased to partner with The Composites Institute, a like-minded organization committed to innovation and a green industry future. Our collaboration with Peninsula College will provide the critical workforce needed for success.”
As IACMI explains, composites play a critical role in the Washington State manufacturing ecosystem and clean tech future. As the value of composites continues to transform systems through opportunities in light-weighting, recycled carbon fiber offers exciting possibilities for fuel, energy and emission savings.
Peninsula College will support the partnership through its Advanced Manufacturing – Composite Technology program, including the first-of-its-kind Composite Recycling Certification, and hands on Composites Manufacturing Lab, to be located in the CRTC facility at the Port of Port Angeles. The program will give students hands-on training in advanced materials recycling and remanufacturing techniques.
“We’re excited to be participating in the development of the CRTC as a key educational partner,” said Luke Robins, President of Peninsula College. “Partnerships such as the CRTC create great synergy between public and private entities, provide outstanding learning opportunities for our students, and can be dynamic catalysts for economic development for our region. We look forward with great anticipation as the CRTC develops and matures.”