Our mission

Today's greatest challenge in realizing energy-efficient structures from fibre-reinforced plastics lies in the capacity to manufacture high quality parts quickly and cost-effectively. This limits their availability for high volume production and thus hinders the adaptation of these lightweight materials in large volume markets.

Antefil Composite Tech is a pioneer project at ETH Zurich which will revolutionize high volume composites manufacturing by providing preforms made from glass fibres which are individually clad in a meltable, recyclable plastic.

Our mission is to expedite the transition of the global composites industry to a more cost- and energy-efficient future and to help previously untouched markets adapt advanced lightweight material technology. To achieve these goals, we want to redefine the limits of cycle time and laminate quality encountered in large scale composites production and provide recyclable material preforms for processes currently bound to thermosets.

Meet our team

Portrait of Christoph Schneeberger

Christoph Schneeberger

Dr. sc. ETH
Executive lead

Portrait of Nicole Aegerter

Nicole Aegerter

MSc ETH Mat. Sci.
Operational lead

Portrait of Paolo Ermanni

Paolo Ermanni

Prof. Dr. sc. techn. ETH
Scientific lead

Our story

  • Christoph starts his doctoral research on the fabrication and use of hybrid bicomponent fibres at the Laboratory of Composite Materials and Adaptive Structures at ETH Zurich.

    April 2015

  • Nicole joins the team as a Master's student and later as the second doctoral candidate working on bicomponent fibre technology.

    September 2017

  • Prototype spinning line

    The first prototype line spinning continuous fibres is erected in the lab and in-line coating experiments commence.

    March 2018

  • Consolidated laminate

    The first material sample is consolidated into a laminate, kicking off the research on part production using bicomponent fibres.

    October 2018

  • The team defines the Antefil project and acquires transfer funding in the form of an ETH Pioneer Fellowship and a BRIDGE Proof of Concept grant.