BComp: Sustainable lightweighting with ampliTex and powerRibs natural fibre composite reinforcements
What are the sustainable features of your product or service?
Bcomp delivers sustainable lightweighting solutions with its high-performance natural fibre composite reinforcements ampliTex™ and powerRibs™. In thermoset high-performance applications such as motorsports, CO2 emissions can be reduced by about 80% while matching the performance of a carbon fibre part. In addition, safety is improved without sharp shattering. The technologies are used in F1 seats, for serial production of GT4 interiors and exteriors, and in various racing series around the world, as well as for sports and leisure and marine applications. For large scale thermoplastic applications such as automotive interior panels, weight can by reduced by up to 50%, plastic by up to 70% and CO2 by up to 60% thanks to the proprietary powerRibs™ natural fibre reinforcement grid. ampliTex™ technical fabrics combines performance and unique design opportunities for visual applications, and completes a mono-material solution that can be recycled or used for thermal energy recovery.
Why do you believe your product deserves to be featured on the Sustainability Trail?
By using natural fibres that sequester CO2 during their growth, Bcomp manages to develop materials that combines sustainability with high performance. The powerRibs™ reinforcement grid enables drastic dematerialisation thus resulting in fuel savings thanks to weight reduction during a vehicle’s useful life. The materials have passed the hard requirements to be used in the fastest racing series on Earth and are ready for large-scale implementation for automotive and are making their way into mass transportation via aerospace. Bcomp uses European flax fibres. Flax is an indigenous plant, used as a rotational crop to enhance harvest of food crops, and the entire plant is utilised.