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Survey to Gauge use of Natural Fibres

17 August 2001

The Natural Fibre Composites Group based within the Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Wales, Swansea is currently carrying out an international survey into low cost and environmentally friendly composites.

The principal objective is to define the use of Natural Fibres such as Hemp, Flax and Miscanthus within specific areas such as the automotive and construction industries on a global scale. The work is part of an international programme of collaboration between the University of New South Wales, Sydney and the Regional Research Laboratory, India. The purpose of this programme is to define engineering needs in the UK, Australia and Indian Sub-continent with regard to these particular composites. From a construction industry viewpoint they are attractive for low cost artefacts and structures in developing nations, for example in structural components for easily assembled housing. From an automotive industry standpoint, more and more components are being produced using Natural Fibres with the aim of one day producing the “Totally Biodegradable car”.

This survey is looking to gauge the current situation in this area and would like to hear from companies or organisations working in the area of Natural Fibres or NF composites in particular, with respect to the automotive and construction industries. The Natural Fibre Composites group are also currently seeking industrial sponsors for future programmes of research in this area and would welcome expressions of interest from industrial organisations.






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