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JEC World 2016 - The BIOFIBROCAR project (funded within the 7th European Framework Programme under the Research for SMEs activity) started in 2013 and aims to substitute polyester and polypropylene fibres currently used in car interiors by PLA fibres.
PLA fibres are produced from renewable raw materials. Special additives lead to defined improvements of properties such as abrasion resistance, light fastness or flame retardancy, which are of great importance with respect to the materials parameters required by the car industry. Furthermore, PLA fibres with specifically adjusted melting points allow the application of technologies generally used in the production of moulded components. The project consortium included nine partners (four research institutions and five SMEs) from three countries (Germany, Spain and the Netherlands). The AITEX Spanish textile research institute acted as coordinator of the project. The PLA fibres produced and modified at AITEX in cooperation with AIMPLAS were processed at STFI within technical trials into nonwovens for the production of moulded components. They were also used to generate the so-called soft touch layer. The ITA German institute developed a woven fabric based on PLA filament yarns for decorative materials. All three components were combined into a composite demonstrator consisting of 100% bio-based material that was tested as a door panel. More information:www.stfi.deBooth: C77
Plant fibre or bio-based resins are now more widely use. Raw materials and intermediate products are now more commonly available. Some companies are making more than "green washing". Here some of...