By Anthony Clark, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The British Plastics Federation (BPF) is set to participate in the fibre-reinforced polymers project, UltraFibre. According to the organisation, it is aimed at the "development of a radial cell process for the clean, continuous, high volume production by hydro-acoustic decortication of high quality natural fibres for the SME natural fibres sector."
Fibre-reinforced polymers find wide commercial application in the aerospace, leisure, automotive, construction and sporting industries. In recent years there has been much interest in developing natural fibre reinforced polymers for a sustainable substitution of synthetic materials, and also to develop markets for the European non-food crop industry sector, added the BPF.
The UltraFibre project will address these restrictions in the supply chain by delivering results such as:
• A 25 percent reduction in production costs
• Commercial thermoplastic and thermosetting composites in targeted end-user applications
• A scalable, economic, continuous, clean- fluidsonics technology to deliver tonnage quantities of high quality fibre
For more information on this or any of the BPF Projects, please contact [email protected] or +44 207 457 5000.