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Construction

AIMPLAS develops pultruded bio-based profiles for rural and urban development

European BASAJAUN project to optimize sustainable urban development and improve the rural economy via novel bio-based materials, products and building systems.

Natural Fibers

FLOKI 6.5 mini racing yacht integrates bio-based Sicomin GreenPoxy resins

Staying true to the roots of its racing class, FLOKI 6.5 is built entirely from bio-based/recyclable raw materials without compromising on performance or processability.

Natural Fibers

NCC proposes natural fiber use for SME subterranean transport network

Under an NCC SME Boost program, research indicates composite reinforcements will reduce material, manufacturing costs and prove more sustainable for innovative SME project.

Wind/Energy

Sicomin GreenPoxy resins contribute to first NFC wind turbine nacelle

Sicomin’s bio-based resins, intumescent FR gelcoats and UV-resistant clear coatings meet stringent requirements for Greenboats’ 7.3-meter natural fiber composite nacelle.

Materials

UMaine awarded $2.8 million to accelerate AM wind blade development 

Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%

Marine

Sicomin-sponsored solo kayak crossing takes advantage of composites

Incorporation of Sicomin carbon fiber and PVC foam sandwich construction ensures an efficient kayak for extreme paddler Richard Kohler’s 6,700-kilometer journey across the South Atlantic.

Construction

Lingrove launches Ekoa Surface Peel N’Stick and receives automotive orders

Natural fiber/bio-thermoplastic composite veneers meet sustainability and performance demands for multiple markets.

Design/Simulation

Teijin Aramid program produces bio-based, high-performance aramid fibers

The 2018 pilot program, in partnership with BioBTW, successfully produces Twaron yarn from bio-based aromatic materials without altering the material properties. 

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.

Design/Simulation

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.

Construction

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.

Wind/Energy

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.  

Thermoplastics

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. 

Natural Fibers

Italian research agency fights COVID-19 with smart shelters using biocomposites

SOS Smart Operating Shelter project offers fast-build mobile healthcare structures using natural fiber/biopolymer sandwich panels.

Consumer

JEC announces finalists for 2020 Innovation Awards

JEC Group has announced its JEC Innovation Awards finalists, 33 total from 11 categories. Winners will be announced at JEC World 2020 on March 4.

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.

Automotive

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.

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