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NetComposites, in collaboration with Tilsatec and Formax, has developed an innovative, highly aligned flax-based tape and non-crimp fabric.
The new material is suitable for thermoset composite applications and will give improved properties over conventional woven natural fibre based composite materials. It has a higher stiffness per unit weight than glass fibre.The material is suitable for a range of applications including automotive, sporting and consumer goods. Variants with thermoplastics, such as PLA and polypropylene, and bio-based pre-pregs are also being developed.The development of the highly aligned flax has been supported by the UK's Composites Innovation Cluster.More information: www.netcomposites.com - www.formax.co.uk - www.tilsatec.com