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FEATURE
recycling
FAIRMAT raises 8.6 million euros
for carbon fi bre composites recycling
Benjamin Saada, the cofounder of Expliseat, has launched his
new start-up that's pioneering the development of disruptive
technologies to recycle high-tech materials. Its fi rst pool will help it
process 5,000 metric tons of waste by 2022.
industry, who will guide FAIRMAT in the fi rst
stage of its development.
l
n our previous columns, we told you about
Expliseat, Saada's fi rst company that off ers
ultralight commercial airliner passenger
seats with a miniscule carbon footprint. In
2020, Benjamin Saada launched FAIRMAT,
the deep tech company aiming for " zero
wastes " and the end of landfi lling composite
materials. It has created a carbon-negative recycled
material that is suitable for a multitude
of applications. At the end of September 2021,
FAIRMAT announced that it had raised 8.6
million euros to industrialize its proprietary
composite carbon fi bre recycling technology.
Th is fi rst pool funding was led by Singular
alongside a panel of business angels that
includes tech entrepreneurs and captains of
"
BENJAMIN SAADA,
Founder
FAIRMAT
JEC Composites Magazine: How did FAIRMAT
come about? Did it have something
to do with the carbon tube used for
aircraft seats in your other company, Expliseat?
Who are the scientists that you've
brought into your circle for support?
Benjamin Saada: Waste is the com42
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A disruptive technology able to keep
pace with a fast-growing market
With its disruptive technology, FAIRMAT
wants to revolutionize composite materials by
creating a strong, lightweight high-tech material
designed for use in nearly any industry.
Produced from carbon fi bre manufacturing
wastes collected from sectors as diverse as
wind power, aviation, and automotive, as
well as products that have reached end-of-life,
the material is a valuable way to reuse these
wastes, according to its inventors. Th e volume
of composite wastes from carbon fi bre is
ever-increasing. Almost 62,000 metric tons [1]
of this type of waste is generated worldwide
every year, a fi gure that doesn't even take into
mon denominator for the two companies.
With FAIRMAT, it's about limiting-or
even ending-landfi lling or incineration
of a cutt ing-edge material and at the same
time, the feat of saved CO2
. We produce
a carbon-negative material from recycled
manufacturing scrap and end-of-life products.
It's something that has never been
done in this industry, at this level of performance
and scalability. Until now. I brought
a scientifi c team together to work on a
brand-new process that relies on a diverse
set of technologies (AI, machine learning,
robotics) and eff ects a complete change of
paradigm with respect to traditional industrial
practices.
143 November - December 2021
account end-of-life disassembly of structures
that use composites. It is precisely these high
value-added wastes that FAIRMAT intends
to recycle. With its proprietary technology,
FAIRMAT will disrupt the sector by broadening
the scope of application of such waste by
creating a material that is truly " fair-trade " . For
every kilogram recycled, the technology saves
41 kilograms of CO2
emissions from being
released into the atmosphere. FAIRMAT
proposes therefore both an ecological alternative
and an answer to the environmental
and sustainable development challenges that
manufacturers face. Th e carbon fi bre composite
(CFC) market alone represents 160,000
metric tons of material produced in 2020
[2]. CFC materials off er a great service to the
planet, making it possible to store hydrogen in
cars and build wind turbines.
Your 8.6-million-euro funding campaign
for composites recycling is impressive.
How did you convince investors? Are they
the same captains of industry supporting
Expliseat?
B.S.: We had been noticed by Singular
for this fi rst pool. Singular is a European
venture capital fund that supports young
tech companies with high potential, and in
particular, deep tech start-ups. Our project
immediately caught their eye and we are very
proud that they are by our side to facilitate
development. Expliseat and FAIRMAT are
two separate endeavours, even if they share
the same environmental goal, which is to reduce
CO2
emissions!

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021

Cover
Edito
«Our goal is to deliver a car that you only need to charge once or twice a year»
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Agenda
Training - ‘‘We have always provided experienced personnel to support our clients composites operations’’
Lightweighting - Novel, affordable solutions for lightweight automotive and aerospace parts
BUSINESS
Market - Carbon fibre: China accelerates the timelines
Development - Five decades of composites, from raw materials to finished parts
MANUFACTURING
Injection - Hollow stereolithographic structures reinforced by short carbon fibres
FEATURE ENERGY: Are Composites ubiquitous in the Energy sector ?
- Hydrogen: Hydrogen permeation testing on non-metallic materials
- Strategy: EuCIA highlights opportunities for composites under EU Green Deal energy strategies
- Consortium - Megapol by EDF: the polymer wild card of the nuclear sector
- Windblade - Vestas V236-15.0 MW: the Eiffel Tower of the seas
- Raw materials: New surfacing technology enabling high-quality paint-ready surfaces
- Natural fibre - The Green Nacelle: pioneering natural-fibre composites in wind energy
- Recycling: Zero-emission blade recycling
- Recycling: FAIRMAT raises 8.6 million euros for carbon fibre composites recycling
SOLUTIONS
e&e - Gita mini, the Sherpa robot
Textile - A ‘‘Composite Textile’’ brand from Japan
Railway - Composites won’t be left standing on the platform
TECHNOLOGY
Vitrimers - Fibre-reinforced composites with a vitrimer matrix
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Cover
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - «Our goal is to deliver a car that you only need to charge once or twice a year»
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 10
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Training - ‘‘We have always provided experienced personnel to support our clients composites operations’’
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Lightweighting - Novel, affordable solutions for lightweight automotive and aerospace parts
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 15
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Market - Carbon fibre: China accelerates the timelines
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 17
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 18
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Development - Five decades of composites, from raw materials to finished parts
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Injection - Hollow stereolithographic structures reinforced by short carbon fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 22
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 24
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Hydrogen: Hydrogen permeation testing on non-metallic materials
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 27
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Strategy: EuCIA highlights opportunities for composites under EU Green Deal energy strategies
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 29
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Consortium - Megapol by EDF: the polymer wild card of the nuclear sector
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Windblade - Vestas V236-15.0 MW: the Eiffel Tower of the seas
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Raw materials: New surfacing technology enabling high-quality paint-ready surfaces
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Natural fibre - The Green Nacelle: pioneering natural-fibre composites in wind energy
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Recycling: Zero-emission blade recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - - Recycling: FAIRMAT raises 8.6 million euros for carbon fibre composites recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 43
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - e&e - Gita mini, the Sherpa robot
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Textile - A ‘‘Composite Textile’’ brand from Japan
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Railway - Composites won’t be left standing on the platform
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #143 - November/December 2021 - Vitrimers - Fibre-reinforced composites with a vitrimer matrix
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