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Natex Project to be Highlighted at ICNF 2013 Conference

14 May 2013

Two papers featuring work conducted within Natex, a project which included NetComposites as a partner, will be given at the 1st International Conference on Natural Fibers (ICNF) 2013.

The organisers say that the event, which will take place from 9 – 11 June in Guimarães, Portugal will bring together companies, universities, research and technological centres and entrepreneurs to look at the innovative developments made in using natural fibres for application in civil engineering, medicine, sports, architecture and design.

Both papers will be presented on Tuesday 11th June beginning with Jovana Dzalto of the Institute for Composite Materials (IVW) discussing “Natural Aligned Fibres and Textiles in Composites for Structural Applications”. In this paper Dzalto will considerthe possibility of increasing the performance of natural fibre reinforced composites in order to replace standard composites made from petroleum-based materials.

This paper will be shortly followed by Malgorzata Zimniewska of the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Poland, who will look at the “Application of Flax Fibre Based Fabrics to Reinforcements of Laminates with Thermoplastic Matrices”.

Natex was a collaborative project supported by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme which ran from 2008 – 2012 with a total value of €5 million. The project developed aligned textiles from natural fibres that were suitable for use as high-strength reinforcing fabrics to produce structural composite materials and components.

Dr. Anthony Stevenson, Project Manager at NetComposites said, “Natex brought together a supply chain for natural fibre composites and demonstrated that real components could be made using natural fibre textiles and bio-based resins.  We are very pleased to have been part of this project.  The papers being presented at ICNF by IVW and INFMP showcase the interesting work which has been done and to which we have made a significant contribution.”

Further information on the conference and the Natex project can be found at the below websites.

Picture provided by IVW.





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