Polymers have traditionally been reinforced with synthetic fibers like glass fibre, carbon fibre, Kevlar, etc. These fibres have excellent properties but are very expensive (Kevlar, carbon fibre) or are very heavy (glass fibre) compared to natural fibres.
Natural fibres are the best candidates to reinforce bioplastics as well as commodity plastics such as PP, when weight is an issue. Natural fibres also have the advantage of being cheaper than glass fibre, costing around half the price.
In order to meet customer requirements and solve the main drawbacks of natural fibres, AIMPLAS has developed solutions for the most critical issues involving natural fibre processing such as:
Technical advice and assistance
AIMPLAS has been working with natural fibres for reinforcing polymers since 2002. AIMPLAS has worked with the majority of fibres (hemp, sisal, flax, cotton, kenaf, cellulose, etc.) acquiring considerable experience in the development of thermoplastic composites reinforced with natural fibres, including commodity and biodegradable plastics.
We offer our experience and assistance in the following areas:
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