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An innovative composite material has been developed that is thermoformable, impact resistant, lighter than carbon fiber, stronger than most plastics. It also enables short production cycle at lower temperature for cost reduction while being 100% recyclable.

New Self-Reinforced Composite Fabrics for Lighter, Stronger and Recyclable parts

When it comes to designing an object or a part the challenge relies in finding the right material with a minimum of compromise. What if you could combine the best of thermoplastics and composites?

A new world of possibilities is now open with this new self-reinforced composite fabric that is thermoformable, impact resistant, lighter than carbon fiber, stronger than most plastics.

What is a self-reinforced composite fabric?

Self-reinforced plastics are a new family of composite materials, composed by a polymer matrix reinforced by highly oriented polymer fibers, usually derived from the same polymer. Their unique structure enhance the strength and stiffness of parts compared to unreinforced plastics. They have improved recyclability and reduced weight compared to glass fiber-reinforced plastics.

What are the specificities of this new self-reinforced composite fabric?

This new self-reinforced composite fabric is made of 100% polyolefin, which is fully recyclable. The fabric is manufactured by weaving conjugated filament yarns which are the bundle of conjugated filaments converged and welded in parallel.

The filament yarn consists of specially formulated PE or PP shells and highly oriented PP cores having high strength and high modulus. The unique structure of the fabric is designed to achieve both maximized mechanical properties by core fibers and mold-ability by shells enclosing core fibers.

self reinforced composite fabric

Through its unique structure and all processing possibilities, including hot compaction, this new self-reinforced composite fabric provides many benefits to fabricate parts like:

  • Lightweight
  • Strength and impact resistance
  • Durability
  • Aesthetics

Learn more about this new self-reinforced composite fabric:

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Case Studies from Self-Reinforced Composite Fabrics

Transportation components design: Get the right lightweight, high strength and recyclable material

The market of transportation components and parts is challenged by the growing requirement for high performance and lightweight elements, driven in large part by regulatory, sustainability pressure and fuel efficiency demands. 

However, the reduced weight should not come with a compromise on other properties like stiffness or processability. Today it exists a wide range of solutions likely to replace metal while insuring an acceptable level of strength. 

One pioneering self-reinforced material proposes a new combination of lightweight and strength, while insuring impact resistance and aesthetic possibilities. It also offers the advantage of complete recyclability.

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