19 August 2014
19 August 2014
Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” freestyle canoe.
Composites Evolution explains that the Biotex materials range of natural reinforcements provide a sustainable alternative to high-performance materials such as glass fibre. Its Biotex materials are designed by composites experts specifically for composites processes and are suitable for a wide range of applications such as automotive, sports and consumer products.
For its “Felicity” canoe, Lake Constance was looking for materials with excellent mechanical properties which could still maintain a natural look and feel to the final product. Composites Evolution explains that, with proven mechanical properties and easy processing, Biotex Flax helped Lake Constance stay true to the unique look and feel needed for its product.
The Felicity is described as a precise and agile solo Freestyle/touring canoe. Lake Constance build the canoes in-house, in a vacuum infused all-natural-fibre laminate.
Sebastian Stetter, Instructor, at Lake Constance Canoes, commented “Using Biotex Flax meant we took a huge step forward towards fulfilling our mission – building canoes which are as sustainable as possible. Working with it was such a pleasure that we want to use it everywhere. Once we made the switch to flax, we never looked back.”
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has partnered with Composites Australia to provide Australian civil and composite engineers with access to the latest knowledge on an innovative reinforcing solution to the costly corrosion of concrete infrastructure.
Composite products, based on polyurethane technologies from global chemical company Huntsman, are taking centre stage at a design exhibition at the Design Museum Gent, Belgium.
The Brazilian composite sector expects to close 2018 with a turnover of US$ 685 million, a high of 3.8% compared to the previous year.