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NetComposites Develops Injection Moldable LFT Flax/PP & Jute/PP Pellets for Auto Interiors

Published on 2015-03-16. Author : SpecialChem

NetComposites has developed injection moldable long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) Flax/PP and Jute/PP pellets.

The pellets, made using pultrusion technology and commingled yarns, offer a competitive alternative to glass LFT and continuous fiber composites whilst having a number of benefits. The natural fibers offer stiffness comparable to glass resulting in pellets which are low weight, capable of complex molding geometries, offer good impact and creep resistance and improved performance over alternative short-fiber materials.

The pellets are ideally suited to light-weighting applications such as automotive interiors. NetComposites is currently working with an automotive trim supplier to develop an interior panel using Flax/PP pellets. The materials have a specific modulus comparable with that of glass fibers, but ~40% lighter.

Other LFT variants are in development such as novel polymer reinforced polymer (PRP) pellets with a PET reinforcement and PP matrix. These offer another lightweight and highly impact-resistant alternative to glass/PP products.

Pellets and molded parts were on show at JEC Europe 2015.

About NetComposites

NetComposites is among the world leading specialists in applied composite material technologies. Through its research, consultancy, training and information services, it develops innovative, commercially successful composite materials and processes whilst helping clients and partners to benefit from better materials, manufacturing technologies and business opportunities.

Source: NetComposites

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