Composites Evolution will launch a range of low cost jute fibre reinforcements at JEC Europe, Porte de Versailles, Paris, France, on the 12 – 14 March 2013.
The range of Biotex Jute fabrics, initially including plain weave and 2x2 twill, will offer the benefits of premium natural fibres such as flax – including a favourable stiffness-to-weight ratio - but at a price that rivals glass fibre.
Biotex Jute fabrics can reduce the weight and environmental impact of composite parts, whilst offering desirable thermal and acoustic insulation and vibration damping properties. Jute fibres are extracted from the bark of jute plants, which are annually renewable and fast-growing, and the processes used to refine the fibres have low environmental impact. Jute can also be recycled at the end of its life.
Being a low cost, lightweight and environmentally friendly alternative to glass fibre, Biotex Jute can be used in a wide range of applications including automotive, mass transport, marine, construction, industrial products and sports goods.
Dr Brendon Weager, Managing Director at Composites Evolution, commented “The composites sector is keen to use natural fibre reinforcements but, until now, have struggled to justify the cost of switching from glass fibre. We’re really excited to be able to offer a high performance, cost effective natural fibre that is finally able to compete with traditional glass fibre.” Composites Evolution will launch the new material from their stand, B13, at JEC Europe 2013 next week.
The Composites Evolution team will be available throughout the show and encourages you to book an appointment. Please contact them on +44 (0)1246 266248 or [email protected]
ABOUT COMPOSITES EVOLUTION
Composites Evolution is a supplier of innovative, sustainable materials to the composites industry, including Biotex high-performance natural composites. Their product lines include fibres, resins and intermediates based on natural, bio-derived, recycled and recyclable feedstocks, which enable customers to meet cost, weight and environmental targets.
Biotex natural reinforcements and intermediates provide the high performance and easy processing normally associated with glass fibre composites but with lower weight and environmental impact. They are suitable for semi-structural and decorative applications in sectors such as automotive, construction, marine, sports and consumer goods. Biotex uses a unique Twistless Technology to ensure a high degree of fibre alignment and performance. Standard materials include Jute, Flax, commingled Flax/PLA and commingled Flax/PP (others available on request) in formats including yarns, fabrics (woven and non-crimp) and preconsolidated sheets.