Natural fiber showcase at composites show

The Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp plans to set up a zone at JEC World for its members to showcase their composite reinforcement materials.

Plans are for companies to exhibit a range of flax products designed for use in applications such as building materials, performance parts for automotive vehicles, motorsport components, consumer goods and products for the marine industry. A motorcycle with a flax reinforced bodywork and skis made using flax composite will be on show.

The Alliance says that it will also present a paper discussing recent developments in natural fiber composites, the vibration-damping properties of flax and hemp, and the life-cycle analysis (LCA) of flax fiber reinforcements.

“We are clearly stating our ambition of making European flax-linen and hemp the preferred sustainable premium fibers worldwide,” said Bart Depourcq, president.

"The composites industry is striving to make its products more environmentally sustainable, without compromising the low weight and excellent mechanical properties for which they are prized,” added Valentin Depestele, president of technical uses. “The use of flax fiber reinforcements could make a significant contribution to meeting these challenges."