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Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

19 August 2014

Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

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.”






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