Posts Tagged ‘Biocomposites’

BioConcept Car wins COMPOSITES Pioneer Award 2009

Oktober 26th, 2009 | By Angela in Automotive Industry, Awards, Biocomposites, Exhibitors, Innovation | 2 Comments »

1Biofuel-Pionier_Smudo_zeigt_was_morgen_bewegtFlax, hemp and cotton  – for three decades the racing team around Fanta Vier frontman Smudo has been demonstrating that biofibres can help to win great prizes even in motor sports. The BioConcept Car project by Four Motors GmbH from Reutlingen successfully in endurance challenges with racing cars made with natural fibre-reinforced plastics.

For its pioneering role in the field of natural fibre-reinforced plastics, the BioConcept Car project is now granted the COMPOSITES Pioneer Award 2009. The prize will be awarded during the COMPOSITES EUROPE trade fair in Stuttgart on 27 October.

Capabilities of renewable raw materials

The project is the only one of its kind worldwide: the body shell of the racing car used is made almost completely from bio-composite materials. doors, mudguards, bonnet, bumpers, wings and the boot lid are made from natural fibre-reinforced plastics. In 2006, racing team operator Four Motors GmbH used a racing car with a body shell made from plant fibres for the first time. The design of the first-generation BioConcept car was based on a Mustang GT RTD.

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Biomaterials: from a pencil sharpener to a peg

September 7th, 2009 | By Angela in Automotive Industry, Biocomposites, Biomaterials, Business, Exhibitors, Innovation | No Comments »

The innovation prize for the young group of biomaterials will be awarded this year for the second time (Photo: Coperion). The experts of the AVK – Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V. forecast an annual double-digit percentage growth rate for natural fibre reinforced plastics as well as for wood-plastic composites (WPC).  The reasons for this are the aspects of energy saving during production and the associated reduction in carbon dioxide.

The most important applications are the automobile, construction, furniture as well as industrial and consumer goods. Even so, the use of natural fibre reinforced plastics is stagnating in the automobile sector in the German market which currently accounts for 30,000 tons annually.

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