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The manufacture of sustainable aircraft is a step closer thanks to an invention from the Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Dutch city of Enschede. In cooperation with GKN Aerospace and other partners, the ThermoPlastic composites Application Center (TPAC, part of Saxion University of Applied Sciences) has found a way to recycle used aircraft parts made of thermoplastic carbon fiber composite. They subsequently develop new high-grade products from these. Parts based on this material have recently been successfully tested on a series of flights with rotorcraft.

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Author profile picture Arjan Paans is editor-in-chief of Innovation Origins DE. Between 2003 and 2008 he worked in Berlin as a foreign correspondent. Aftewards he was a news manager for several Dutch newspapers. Arjan is married and has one son.