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EU NATEX Project Presents Prototype Natural Fibre Grit Box Cover

29 November 2011

As partner in NATEX Project, Chemowerk has produced limited series of novel natural fibre composites parts, including a grit box cover.

NATEX showcased the grit box cover at AGRITECHNICA between the 15th – 19th November.

CEMO used 2 types of aligned Flax reinforcements in the lay up - Biotex Flax +/-45 biaxial non-crimp fabric (600g/m²) and Biotex Flax 4x4 hopsack woven fabric (510g/m²), both supplied by Composites Evolution. The grit box cover also contains polyester resin and flax fibres manufactured through cold pressing technique.

NATEX Project is an EU funded Project under the Commissions 7th Framework Programme, composed of 16 partners across Europe aiming to develop aligned textiles from natural fibres (flax and hemp) suitable for use as high-strength reinforced fabrics to produce structural composites. Partners are Associación de Investigación de Materiales Plásticos (AIMPLAS), NetComposites, The European Composites Industry Association (EuCIA), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Chemowerk, The Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH (IVW), Asfibe, John L Brierley, PIEL, TransFurans Chemicals (TFC), Aalto University School of Science and Technology (AALTO), and The Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Products (IWNiRZ).

Dipl Ing. Margarete Goedel, Head of Strategic Purchasing at Chemowerk said "We have seen initial interest of costumers in natural fibre based composites which we find supportive towards our environmental challenges and activities targeted in this direction. The NATEX grit cover is an interesting prototype to show the potential of natural fibres in day to day composites applications. We are only at the start of the development of real product lines with natural fibres, but we have decided to give a kick-off with the production of 100 grit boxes that contain natural fibres".

Dr. Valentin Polo, NATEX Project Coordinator (Aimplas) welcomed the initiative of Chemowerk and concluded "It is essential for NATEX Project to directly address potential end users and show that bio-sustainable innovation is possible in products that play a role in our daily lives".





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