Composites Evolution is a supplier of innovative, sustainable materials to the composites industry, including fibre reinforcements, resins and intermediates based on natural, bio-derived, recycled and recyclable feedstocks.
Composites Evolution has now developed a range of lightweight flax fabrics, with areal weights of just 100gsm and 200gsm for use in sports and decorative applications. The 100gsm fabric is particularly targeted towards the production of surfboards and similar products, holding similar characteristics to the typically used 4oz glass cloth. A surfboard, developed by surfboard designer and craftsman Joel Bateman, will be on display at the show.
Developments have been made to the Biotex fabrics to allow for use in decorative applications, e.g. automotive interiors and furniture. This has included introducing different weave patterns and fine weaves, and using these with ultra clear resins and lacquers, creating visually attractive, sustainable finishes. There will be parts demonstrating some of these aesthetics at the show.
Composites Evolution is also currently carrying out in-depth research and development on sizings and treatments to increase the water resistance of flax and improve its compatibility with particular resins. Brendon Weager, Managing Director of Composites Evolution said “Our customers are keen to use Biotex in increasingly more demanding applications, in particular in the marine and construction sectors. The results so far have been very positive and we expect to be able to offer a water resistant flax reinforcement in the near future.”
The Composites Evolution team will be on-hand to answer any questions about their products and these recent developments during show at stand B13.
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 Flax, commingled Flax/PLA and commingled Flax/PP (others available on request) in formats including yarns, fabrics (woven and non-crimp) and preconsolidated sheets.
Source: Composites Evolution, press release, 2013-03-08.