Natural fibers like flax, hemp, jute and kenaf are growing in popularity thanks to a widespread effort to go green. Automotive in particular has adapted natural fibers for door panels, seat backs and trunk liners.
OEMs and Tier suppliers ask materials and molding processes to go “green” and do more for less.
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The U.K.-based Composites Evolution's Biotex natural fiber line will be offered to customers in the U.K., Italy and France.Flax and hemp composites CompositesWorld
The European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (CELC, Paris, France) introduced at JEC Europe 2014 a supplement to its technical reference publication, Flax and hemp fibres: a natural solution for the composite industry.KraussMaffei demonstrates new process for panels CompositesWorld
A twin-screw machine produces wood-look panels made from rice husks and PVC, for weather-resistant applications such as facades or outdoor furniture.Composites Evolution teams with distributor Easy Composites CompositesWorld
Composites Evolution's jute and flax biofibers will be distributed by Easy Composites.The fiber CompositesWorld
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. In a composite, the fiber contributes high tensile strength, enhancing properites in the final part, such as stregnth and stiffness while minimizing weight.