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9/15/2014 | 1 MINUTE READ

Lightweight sports canoe relies on flax fiber reinforcement

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Composites Evolution's Biotex Flax materials have been successfully apply to Lake Constance's Felcity freestyle canoe.

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Composites Evolution (Chesterfield, U.K.) reports that its Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by canoe designer Lake Constance (Baden-Württemberg, Germany) in its Felicity freestyle canoe.

Composites Evolution explains that the Biotex materials range of natural reinforcements provide a sustainable alternative to high-performance materials such as glass fiber. Its Biotex materials are designed by composites experts specifically for composites processes and are suitable for a wide range of applications such as automotive, sports and consumer products.

For its Felicity canoe, Lake Constance was looking for materials with excellent mechanical properties that could still maintain a natural look and feel to the final product. Composites Evolution explains that, with proven mechanical properties and easy processing, Biotex Flax helped Lake Constance stay true to the unique look and feel needed for its product.

The Felicity is described as a precise and agile solo freestyle/touring canoe. Lake Constance builds its canoes in-house, in a vacuum infused all-natural-fibre laminate.

Sebastian Stetter of Lake Constance Canoes commented, "Using Biotex Flax meant we took a huge step forward towards fulfilling our mission - building canoes which are as sustainable as possible. Working with it was such a pleasure that we want to use it everywhere. Once we made the switch to flax, we never looked back."

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