Flax & Hemp Fiber Composites, a market reality – The biobased solutions for the industry

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This book identifies the areas where composites are successfully penetrating infrastructure applications with good prospects for the future.

A sweep across the broad panorama of composite applications reveals that there are four infrastructure sectors where composites have established themselves and continue to grow, namely:

  • transportation,
  • utilities,
  • civil protection
  • open-air public use

This book presents 81 tangible examples to illustrate some or all advantages of the composites, such as low weight, easy handling, durability, reparability, fire resistance, reduced life-cycle costs….




Section 1: Introduction – Composites and Infrastructure

  • The purpose, scope and targeted audience
  • The definition and scope of composites as used in infrastructure
  • The breadth of composites applications in infrastructure
  • Key reasons for the use of composites in infrastructure applications
  • Key composite manufacturing processes used for infrastructure applications

Section 2: Overview of composites by major infrastructure segment

  • The attractiveness of composites for infrastructure
  • Overview of composite use in transportation infrastructure
  • Transportation infrastructure example cases:
    • Pedestrian & cycle transport
    • Road transport
    • Rail transport
    • Air transport
    • Water-based tranport
    • Mass transit
  • Overview of composite use in utilities infrastructure
  • Utilities infrastructure example cases:
    • Water infrastructure
    • Waste water & sewage infrastructure
    • Gas infrastructure
    • Electricity infrastructure
    • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • Other utilities infrastructure
  • Overview of composite use in civil protection infrastructure
  • Civil protection infrastructure example cases
  • Overview of composite use in open-air public infrastructure
  • Open-air public example cases

Section 3: Key factors and trends relating to composites use in infrastructure applications

  • In search of legitimacy
  • Opportunities in new infrastructure
  • Opportunities in repair, renovation, retrofitting and replacement
  • Building codes and design guides
  • Minimising installation or repair disruption
  • Installed cost and total cost of ownership
  • Continuing need for education and promotion

Section 4: Concluding thoughts on the future of composites in infrastructure

  • Concluding thoughts
  • Factors inhibiting growth
  • Drivers and enablers of growth
  • Growth perspectives
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Flax and Hemp solutions meet not only the technical requirements of composite manufacturers in terms of innovative and high-performance reinforcements, but also societal expectations in terms of fiber traceability. Furthermore, the use of these fibers helps to reduce the environmental impacts of composites.

In response to this, the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp (CELC) has been working in cooperation with its European Scientific Council on a 2018 technical and scientific publication. This work is the result of sustained R&D within the structured European industry, and is geared to industrial expectations. This richly illustrated technical book, written by the 10 experts in the field, is based on an open innovation approach. It:

  • Confirms that flax and hemp fibers provide efficient solutions for the composite industry;
  • Focuses on the flax & hemp reinforcements available on the market;
  • Shows that reliable solutions can be found through characterization and standardization;
  • Presents other remarkable properties besides the fibers’ excellent mechanical performance, as added value for composite products;
  • Discusses composite manufacturing processes and applications on the market in terms of a combination of know-how, from producers to manufacturers to finished products;
  • Provides a view on sustainability through life cycle analyses.

As a follow-up to the two preceding editions (2012 and 2014) of the joint study “Flax and Hemp, a natural solution for the composite industry”, we are pleased to put out a new 2018 version of the work called “Flax & Hemp fiber composites, a market reality – The biobased solutions for the industry”, compiled by the European Confederation of Flax and Hemp Confederation – CELC for JEC Group and published by JEC Group

Publication date: March 2018


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The 2012 and 2014 editions of the reference work “Flax and Hemp fibres: a natural solution for the composite industry” analyzed and reported on the mechanical performance of flax and hemp fibers, and gave an initial presentation of the processing methods used and the application of the fibers in composite products.


About CELC

As the only European agro-industrial organization to harness all production and processing stages for flax and hemp (10,000 European companies in 14 countries), the European Confederation of Flax&Hemp – CELC leads this industry of excellence in a globalized context. CELC’s purpose as a reference platform is to inform manufacturers of the advantages these fibers can bring to composites. Western Europe is the world’s leading producer of flax fiber, with France, Belgium and the Netherlands alone accounting for 80% of world production. This is guaranteed by EUROPEAN FLAX®, the traceability brand for all applications of premium-quality flax fiber grown in Western Europe.