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Composites Evolution launch low cost jute fibre reinforcements

News International-French

12 Mar 2013

Composites Evolution will launch a range of low cost jute fibre reinforcements at JEC Europe

The range of Biotex Jute fabrics, initially including plain weave and 2x2 twill, will offer the benefits of premium natural fibres such as flax – including a favourable stiffness-to-weight ratio - but at a price that rivals glass fibre.

Biotex Jute fabrics can reduce the weight and environmental impact of composite parts, whilst offering desirable thermal and acoustic insulation and vibration damping properties.

Jute fibres are extracted from the bark of jute plants, which are annually renewable and fast-growing, and the processes used to refine the fibres have low environmental impact. Jute can also be recycled at the end of its life.

Being a low cost, lightweight and environmentally friendly alternative to glass fibre, Biotex Jute can be used in a wide range of applications including automotive, mass transport, marine, construction, industrial products and sports goods.

Dr Brendon Weager, Managing Director at Composites Evolution, commented “The composites sector is keen to use natural fibre reinforcements but, until now, have struggled to justify the cost of switching from glass fibre. We’re really excited to be able to offer a high performance, cost effective natural fibre that is finally able to compete with traditional glass fibre.”

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