Composites Evolution will be showcasing the latest application of Biotex flax fibre, a snowboard designed and developed by Magine Snowboards, in the NetComposites Product Display Area at the Composites Engineering Show, 7 – 8 November 2012, on stand 346 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.
The snowboard consists of a wooden laminate core, sandwiched between two layers of Biotex flax fabric, and a top and bottom plastic layer, which is all bonded together using an eco-epoxy resin system.
Dr Brendon Weager, Managing Director of Composites Evolution, comments “With this biocomposite snowboard, Magine has successfully harnessed the mechanical performance and environmental sustainability of flax fibre. We look forward to supporting them in the launch of this novel and exciting product.”
Brendon will also be giving a presentation on “Natural Fibre Composites – Recent Developments and Commercial Applications” at the show during the Biocomposites Open Forum at 10am on Wednesday 7th November. In recent years there has been a significant surge in interest in natural fibres and renewable resins for composite applications. These offer a number of advantages over conventional composite materials including low weight, high vibration damping, high thermal insulation, low energy and CO2 during production, safer handling and improved end-of-life options.
Aligned flax reinforcements, such as Biotex supplied by Composites Evolution, can have equal or superior specific stiffness to glass fibres. Biotex yarns, fabrics and intermediate sheets use a unique twistless technology which results in continuous, highly aligned yarns that provide high performance and easy processing. Composites Evolution’s presentation will describe a number of recent breakthrough commercial applications, most notably in the sports and leisure sector.
Whilst at the show, Composites Evolution will also partake in the “Ask the Expert” initial advice and signposting service which is being hosted by NetComposites on its stand, number 1143. Dr Weager will be offering advice on the topic of biocomposites and will be available between 1pm and 3pm on the 7th November.
Composites Evolution at Composites Engineering 2012