Faurecia’s natural fibers for injection process – NAFI – uses in-line compounding to add fibers such as hemp or kenaf to polypropylene to reinforce parts in place of heavier glass. The company, with global headquarters in Nanterre, France, already has validated door panels produced using the method, said Sébastian Kah, eco-design leaders for Faurecia Interior Systems, during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 17 in Dearborn.
The company expects to complete validation of an instrument panel using natural fiber injection molding later this year, he said.
Tags: hemp, kenaf, natural fiber injection, auto parts
Source: Plasticsnews, 2012-05-18.