“We’ve put together a range of products to enable any project to incorporate bio-based composites,” says managing director Alex Edge. “Whether the requirement is for prepregs, infusion, wet lay-up processing, lightweight woven fabrics or heavy weight braidings, we can supply high quality and mechanically sound products.
“We are working with the biggest names in the marine industry, blast protection, aeronautics, motorsport, automotive, construction and component manufacturing sectors to ensure that each product and project meets the highest standards of quality and performance.”
Among products supplied by the company, which is headquartered in Pembrokeshire, UK, are Porcher Greenlite renewable reinforcements based on pure cellulose fibres. Greenlite’s combination of low density and superior mechanical properties allows biocomposites to be made with an excellent weight/performance ratio. These new materials constitute a significant advancement in terms of quality, reproducibility, transparency and strength compared to common bio-based solutions.
EcoPoxy is another product distributed by the company – an odourless, non-toxic, safe, 100% solid, non-solvent, non-hygroscopic, non-conductive and versatile epoxy. Based on nuts and beans, carbon emissions from the use of this resin are close to zero.
For the wood composite products (WPC) market, Natures Composites materials are made from recycled HDPE and annually renewable wheat straw, while the Terra Mat range is primarily targeted at civil engineering and infrastructure projects. Terra Mat is wider than current modular road systems, and rated for metal track vehicles and site traffic.
A full list of available biocomposite products can be found on www.e-tech.eu.com, and includes epoxies, polyesters, woven fabrics, braided fabrics, prepregs, and PU foams, all manufactured from sustainable sources.
Source: EcoComposites, 2011-04-26.