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AZL Aachen investigates potential for bio-based composite materials

The five-month market and technology study will start on October 22, 2020 and is open to interested companies.

Materials

Aimplas project develops biocomposite recycling methods

The ELIOT project, with the participation of the Dutch research center TNO, is developing recycling methods to improve sustainability in the aerospace industry.

Automotive

McLaren, Bcomp use natural composite fibers in F1 racing seat

The flax fibers meet strength and stiffness requirements while reducing vibration, cost, enhancing safety and lowering its CO2 footprint by 75%.

Thermoplastics

Lanxess launches bio-based prepolymer line Adiprene Green

The bio-based prepolymer line are easy to handle and enable a suitable replacement for existing fossil-based polyether prepolymers.

Mass Transit

Volta Trucks incorporates Bcomp’s natural fiber technologies in automotive application

Bcomp’s natural flax fibers and bio-based resin derived from rapeseed oil ensures sustainability, safety and significant weight savings. 

Scott Bader joins CHAMPION project to research novel bio-based polymers

The bio-based polymers aim to replace conventional polymers in a variety of applications and promote alternative to end-of-life waste.

Design/Simulation

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder

The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.

Materials

U.K. develops Sustainable Composites to address composite recycling challenge

The partnership will accelerate new recycling technologies, such as delivering a series of R&D projects, investing in new material feedstocks and more.  

Automotive

Bio-based hybrid tapes assessed for lightweight applications

A project of AZL’s partner institute, ITA,  integrates flax fiber reinforcement with a PA11 resin matrix. Targeted end markets include automotive and wind energy. 

Hi-Temp Resins

Bitrez launches bio-based resin systems

Bitrez Ltd.’s new family of bio-based resins, including bio-epoxy systems and PFA, are designed for composite applications and are REACH compliant.

Consumer

The markets: Sports and recreation (2020)

The use of lightweight and high-performance materials in sports equipment continues to increase.

Natural Fibers

Biocomposite of the Year 2019 winners announced

Announced at Nova-Institute’s Biocomposites Conference in Cologne, Germany, the winning entries use natural fiber composites for automotive and consumer goods applications.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.

Injection/Overmolding

Six candidates nominated for "Biocomposite of the Year 2019"

Natural fiber composites and wood plastic composites compete for 7th annual innovation award.

Natural Fibers

Nova-Institute releases list of European biocomposite producers

According to the report, there are 30 producers of biocomposite granules producing almost 130,000 tons of sustainable materials.

Automotive

Porsche production car produced using natural fiber composites

Porsche’s new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport production vehicle features biofiber composite body panels.  

Automotive

Biodegradable, biobased Ekoa composite veneers are in production

Ekoa 99.7% bio-based veneers are used to finish surfaces in walls, ceilings, furniture and vehicle interiors.

Wind/Energy

National Composites Week: Sustainability

As we celebrate National Composites Week, here are just a few of the many ways the composites industry is working toward a sustainable world.

Epoxies

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Sicomin Epoxy Systems

Sicomin Epoxy Systems is featuring its line of advanced epoxy systems and high-performance composite solutions, including MaxCore, its new sandwich core infusion technology, and the latest addition to the GreenPoxy range, SR Greenpoxy 28, its new bio-resin specifically formulated for high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM).

Carbon Fibers

Advancing multifunctional composite wings and fuselage structures

Flexible printed circuits and the Advanced Concepts for Aero‑Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors (ACASIAS) consortium.

Carbon Fibers

TRB develops fire-resistant biocomposite door leaf

The carbon fiber-reinforced biocomposite sandwich panel features a 100% recycled foam core and has been designed for light weight and fire resistance.

Mass Transit

TRB Lightweight Structures named among U.K. Fast Track 100 companies

The composites and lightweight specialist has been named 94th on the Sunday Times’ list of top-performing private businesses in the U.K. based on sales growth.

Additive Manufacturing

Victrex and Bond partner for 3D printing PAEK parts

The companies are collaborating to combine Victrex’s PAEK material expertise and Bond’s 3D printing technology for an accelerated pathway to 3D-printed PAEK part production.

Marine

Composites Europe to feature co-located trade fair and conference

Taking place Sept. 10-12, 2019, the new joint event combines Composites Europe and the International Composites Conference (ICC).