Flax and hemp composites

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.

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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. The 48-page supplement includes an update on natural fiber trends in composites, new flax and hemp semifinished products, new flax and hemp applications, information on minimizing environmental impacts over a product’s lifecycle, and updates on durability, fatigue behavior, and other performance characteristics of flax and hemp composites.

            CELC also released information on several new semifinished products manufactured by member companies, including:

  • Flaxtape, made by Linéo, a 100 percent flax tape that can be used with a variety of thermoset and thermoplastic matrix resins, processible via layup, infusion or resin transfer molding. Thicknesses include 50, 70, 110 and 200 g/m2.
  • Amplitex, made by Société Bcomp, a range of multiaxials, 2-D weaves and braids. Applications include automotive, robotics, interior design, furniture and sports and leisure.
  • FibriPreg, made by Ecotechnilin, a range of nonwoven mats prepregged with thermoset resin, can be molded into complex shapes and used to make composites, such as FibriBoard-TS panels, FibriCard (FibriPreg/paper honeycomb sandwich) and FibriCork (FibriPreg/cork sandwich).
  • NanoVin, made by Group Depestele and Solvay, a PVC latex for high-performance composites made via pultrusion, filament winding or prepreg.