Natural Fibers

Natural fibers like flax, hemp, jute and kenaf are more and more composites applications thanks to a widespread effort to go green. Automotive in particular has adapted natural fiber composites for door panels, seat backs and trunk liners.

Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

New suppliers and adventurous composites fabricators put the “feel good” aspect in the rearview mirror, winning customers by competing on price and performance.


Bio-composites update: Beyond eco-branding

No longer dependent only on their green credentials, some suppliers of bio-based fibers and resins are competing on price and performance.

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New Product Announcements

Rucks Maschinenbau introduces continuous compression molding system for organosheets

The company claims this process offers a lower-cost option for the manufacture of organic sheets, while enabling higher pressing forces and temperatures.