The drive to use green materials has led PSA Peugeot Citroën and Boeing to explore applications for flax-based biocomposites.
Automotive Tier One supplier Faurecia has developed and patented a composite material called Flaxpreg which uses natural flax fibres in a thermoset resin matrix.
At a conference on flax and hemp organised by JEC Group and the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) in Leuven, Belgium, in December 2012, the French company said it is working on a project with PSA Peugeot Citroën to use Flaxpreg in a car trunk load floor. Other project partners are the University of Reims and Lineo, a French company which produces flax prepregs.
Tags: biocomposite, sandwich panel, flax prepregs, flax-thermoset composite, flame retardants
Source: European Plastics News, 2013-03-28.