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Wrapping up 2020

- Looking back on a year that was exceptional in many ways

Not quite the year we had expected, but still one of the most exciting years for sustainable lightweighting and for Bcomp. We have had the great pleasure to work with fantastic brands, from the sports- and motorsports sectors to automotive and marine – and a few others as well.

 

With this, a big thanks to everyone we collaborate with: customers and suppliers, organisations and institutes, interns, employees and other stakeholders. This journey is one of collaboration.

 

Here are a few highlights of 2020:

First natural fibre F1 seat with McLaren Racing

McLaren Racing announced the collaboration with Bcomp to develop F1’s first natural fibre composite racing seat. “The original carbon fibre seat design was reverse-engineered by Bcomp, and then we optimised and manufactured the new design. The seat was run in pre-season testing without any problems and we hope to be racing with Bcomp flax seats in the near future,” explains McLaren F1 Principal Composites Engineer Steve Foster.

Polestar Precept – sustainability, performance and luxury

Polestar launched the Precept, built using innovative and sustainable materials including our ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ to cut weight and reduce the amount of plastic in interior panels. This combination of performance, sustainability and design is a key moment in the future of mobility. Later in 2020, Polestar announced that Precept will be a production model.

 

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Polestar takes sustainability seriously

Polestar and Bcomp

Kindred spirits: Bcomp

Full natural fibre body kit for the Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 CS MR

Porsche Motorsports teamed up with Bcomp, Manthey Racing and the Four Motors racing team to produce a full natural fibre body kit for the Cayman 718 GT4 CS MR. The body kit reduces the CO2 footprint and the risk for sharp shattering while providing viable end of life options and high cost efficiency. Four Motors will continue to race the kit in 2021, following the successful debut at the 24h Nürburgring race.

Baltic 68 Café Racer – sustainable luxury day sailer

Baltic Yachts, one of the leading makers of luxury yachts and at the forefront of sustainable innovation in the marine sector, has developed a new yacht, the Baltic 68 Café Racer. Built with sustainability in mind, not only is most of its hull made of natural flax fibre ampliTex™, but also parts the interior where flax is accompanied by other materials such as textile, wicker or paper cord for a simple design with attitude.

First natural fibre satellite panel with the European Space Agency (ESA)

The first natural fibre reinforced satellite panel, developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) together with RUAG Space, IRS Stuttgart and Bcomp. Part of the ESA’s Clean Space initiative, this project demonstrates the exceptional versatility of Bcomp’s proprietary powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ natural fibre technologies, even in the most extreme conditions and environment.

First natural fibre crash box with YCOM

Successful first crash test of a natural fibre Front Impact Absorbing Structure (FIAS) built in ampliTex™ by advanced technology expert YCOM. With a reduced CO2 footprint, viable end of life options, and the absence of sharp debris in a crash scenario, this opens new areas of use, not only for bodywork but also for structural parts.

CAPiTA snowboards using fusion tape – the best of two worlds

CAPiTA has been handcrafting high performance snowboards for 20 years. Driven by innovation and performance they selected ampliTex™ fusion tape for the top models of their new 20/21 range – a hybrid weave of flax and carbon fibres, giving the rider the “pop” of carbon fibres and the outstanding damping properties of flax fibres.

ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ in body panels of the Volta Zero from Volta Trucks

The world’s first 16-tonne all-electric vehicle designed for freight deliveries in urban centres, was built by Volta Trucks using ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ body panels to reduce weight sustainably. With a holistic approach to the development of this Volta Zero, “Volta Trucks wants to spearhead the rapid change in large commercial vehicles, from outdated diesel to clean and safe technological solutions” says Carl-Magnus Norden, Founder of Volta Trucks.

The DTM announces Bcomp as technical partner for sustainable lightweighting

The DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) has opened its technical regulations to include natural fibres for mandatory parts, thus reducing environmental impact and improving safety aspects vs. carbon fibres. The DTM shoebox is made using ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ for a lightweight, high performance sustainable part.

Melker of Sweden uses ampliTex™ for kayaks and paddles

Melker of Sweden has the goal of creating innovative outdoor products with a low environmental impact, without sacrificing performance and design. Today they use Bcomp’s ampliTex™ range to create beautiful kayaks and paddles that are light, durable, and stiff with high damping properties.

 

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Melker of Sweden kayaks

Presenting the Melker Arkö

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Dec 22, 2022

An End-Of-Year Gift for Nature

Everyone has a role to play in making the world a more sustainable place. In our role, not only as a company that develops sustainable high-performance products but also as a customer, supplier, and employer, we are looking to act and make a long-term global impact. We care about our planet and it’s important for us to give back to nature. This quest for decarbonisation is part of our daily mission here at Bcomp. From the development of our efficient and sustainable solutions, to operations & commercialisation all the way to our customers where we enable others to have a sustainable impact over the life cycle of the final products. This sustainable business approach is possible thanks to Bcomp’s diverse and high-performance team, which acts united as One Team. Our transparent and supportive working environment is built on trust and allows us to have a real impact. For this end-of-year we decided to rethink the traditional concept of customer gifts. Rather than sending out the usual gifts, we wanted to give back to the planet and decided support a project that creates an impact where it counts. By planting and caring for mangrove trees we can try to help protect coastal areas and positively impact the lives of the local population. These mangroves’ impact on our ecosystem, both marine and terrestrial, and on the people who live along those coasts, was of particular interest to us as these wonderful trees play a major role in the fight against the climate crisis. All trees together create an ecosystem that benefits people, natural- and wildlife for years to come and everyone has a role to play in making this world a more sustainable place. The entire Bcomp team would like to extend its warmest thanks to all the people who contribute to this success story on the daily and we are very much looking forward to the many exciting things that 2023 holds in store. Happy holiday season and a successful year 2023! To learn more about One Tree Planted To learn more about Mangroves Have a question or want to stay in touch? Contact us now

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Dec 13, 2022

Super Formula and Bcomp announce sustainable fibre composite bodywork for new era

Japan’s premiere single seater race series confirms sustainable fibre composite parts for the SF23 chassis as part of Next 50 plan Super Formula’s Next 50 plan includes new tyre compounds with recycled rubber and natural compounding agents and use of more sustainable materials in the race cars’ construction Innovative approach uses hybrid 70% flax and 30% carbon fibre panels and was nominated as a finalist for 2022 World Motorsport Symposium Green Tech Award Bcomp’s sustainable fibre composites are already extensively proven in motorsports series from F1 to Formula E, Extreme E, DTM and GT4 on Porsche, Mercedes Benz-AMG and BMW M GT cars Past Bcomp projects showed that a total material emission reduction of 90% is possible when compared to equivalent carbon fibre parts while the total cradle-to-gate emissions can be reduced by up to 80% Flax composites also offer safer crash behaviour than traditional carbon fibre and come with a viable end-of-life solution Fribourg, Switzerland. Swiss lightweighting specialists Bcomp and Super Formula have today confirmed their collaboration for the new era of Japan’s premiere single seater race series. Following successful testing of Bcomp’s flax fibre composites throughout the year, Super Formula has confirmed the innovative bodywork parts will appear on the new SF23 chassis. The announcement was made on the 50th anniversary of the championship, as Super Formula looks ahead to its future and is undertaking significant steps to target carbon neutrality. With their Next 50 plan, they have specified measures such as the use of new tyre compounds with recycled rubber and natural compounding agents in addition to the use of more sustainable materials in the race cars’ construction. Carbon fibre bodywork is used extensively throughout the motorsport industry and is responsible for a substantial carbon footprint. Many of the carbon fibre parts used in racing end up in landfill when damaged in a race or no longer needed. Bcomp’s innovative ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ composite technologies are made from flax fibre and offer a promising solution and have already extensively proven their performance across the board in motorsports series from F1 to Formula E, Extreme E, DTM and GT4 on Porsche, Mercedes Benz-AMG and BMW M GT cars. With low density and excellent mechanical properties, flax fibres are a significantly more sustainable option for developing high-performance composites. The unique combination of ampliTex™ flax fabrics with the patented powerRibs™ reinforcement grid allows this natural fibre composite solution to match the low weight and high stiffness of carbon fibre bodywork parts in a drastically more sustainable package. Analysis conducted in past projects showed that Bcomp's high-performance natural fibre composites enable a reduction of 90% in material CO2 emissions when compared to carbon fibre parts as well as an over 80% reduction of CO2 emissions from cradle-to-gate, considering all production steps from raw material to the final part. Introducing ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ flax fibre composites into the SF23 bodywork also introduces safer crash behaviour thanks to the absence of dangerously sharp debris and edges. Additionally, flax fibre-based composites come with a viable end-of-life solution that eliminates the need to landfill damaged or old bodywork. Extensive testing has been conducted in 2022 by Super Formula drivers to evaluate the new engines, fuels, tyres and, of course, the Bcomp bodywork. Sidepods and engine covers, entirely made from ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ performed well in the initial tests but it seemed more appropriate to create hybrid parts for the implementation in the SF23. A construction with about 70% flax and only 30% carbon fibre for local reinforcements proved to be an ideal combination of each material’s benefits while still significantly reducing the carbon footprint. This innovative collaboration has been recognised already across the motorsport community, including most recently being nominated as a finalist for this year’s World Motorsport Symposium Green Tech Award. Johann Wacht, Manager Motorsports and Supercars at Bcomp, said: "Super Formula is considered the second fastest racing series in the world and proves that sustainable technologies are ready to compete at the very highest performance level. The series impressively shows to the industry what is possible, and we are very much looking forward to a great season full of entertainment and sustainable innovations!" The 2023 Super Formula will feature nine races across seven events, with double headers at the season opener at Fuji and the season finale at Suzuka next October. Download the press release About Super Formula SUPER FORMULA Celebrates 50 YEARS Japan’s top formula introduces major sustainability and new action in 2023 the New Carbon-Neutral “SF23” the New Digital Platform “SFgo” Video of the New Machine SF23 Announcement | 2023 SUPER FORMULA PRE. SEASON Have a question or want to stay in touch? Contact us now

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Nov 29, 2022

ZAG Skis – Built With ampliTex™ for a Smooth Ride

Winter is just around the corner and soon we’ll be able to enjoy the thrill of sliding down snowy mountainsides again. Nothing really beats the pleasure that we get from skiing through untouched powder and following our friends through the trees. Born and Bred in Chamonix ZAG Skis from the French Alps know a thing or two about skiing and making the perfect tools for the job. Based in Chamonix, they have some of the best testing grounds one could imagine just outside their ZAG Lab. Building prototypes one day, just to go and test them in the most challenging and striking mountain terrain on the next one, allows them to continually optimise the performance of their skis. ZAG is celebrating their 20th anniversary this winter and they are far from slowing down any time soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4EwhK3h978 The Power of Flax Fibres Ski construction hasn’t seen too many revolutionary changes over the past years but incremental improvements in all areas still mean that the level of performance has never been higher. The trend of lightweight freeride- and so-called freetouring skis has started to reach a level of maturity that put an end to the race for always lighter skis. While the low weight of a carbon fibre reinforced ski with a light wood core is highly appreciated on the way up, it will start to reveal its drawbacks as soon as you take it into some variable and icy conditions. The light and stiff ski struggles to deal with the typical vibrations and passes them onto the skier in a very direct way that is often described as a chattery feeling. ZAG Skis is collaborating with Bcomp and uses our high-performance ampliTex™ flax fibre composite reinforcements across the SLAP collection. ampliTex™ has proven its unique performance and sustainability benefits in applications from McLaren Racing’s F1 seats all the way to satellite panels built together with the European Space Agency. Incorporating Bcomp’s ampliTex™ flax fibres into the SLAP range of skis has allowed ZAG to create a very calm and smooth ski that is still light enough to earn your turns. ampliTex™ harnesses the inherent mechanical properties of flax fibres to provide 250% higher vibration damping than carbon fibres. As the result of countless R&D hours in the ZAG Lab, their engineers have found the perfect recipe with ampliTex™ flax fibre reinforcements to satisfy every type of free rider. Learn More About the ZAG SLAP Range Check out the SLAP collection from ZAG Skis Have a question or want to stay in touch? Contact us now

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Nov 18, 2022

Bcomp wins BMW Group Supplier Innovation Award

Photo: BMW Group Munich. The sixth BMW Group Supplier Innovation Awards were presented at the BMW Welt in Munich on 17 November 2022. The coveted award was presented in a total of six categories: powertrain & e-mobility, sustainability, digitalisation, customer experience, newcomer of the year and exceptional team performance. Bcomp is immensely proud and thankful for winning the BMW Group Supplier Innovation Award in the Newcomer of the Year category. Following our successful collaboration with BMW M Motorsport for the new BMW M4 GT4 that extensively uses Bcomp's powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ natural fibre solutions and BMW iVentures recently taking a stake in Bcomp as lead investor in our Series B round, this award is another major step and recognition on our path to decarbonizing mobility. Photo: BMW Group “Innovations are key to the success of our transformation towards electromobility, digitalisation and sustainability. Our award ceremony recognises innovation and cooperative partnership with our suppliers – especially in challenging times,” said Joachim Post, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network at the ceremony held at BMW Welt in Munich. Christian Fischer, CEO of Bcomp, commented: “It is a great honour to receive this prestigious award by one of the most premium car brands in the world. I would like to thank BMW Group for the great trust and collaboration over the last years, especially our BMW counterparts throughout the organisation who are doing an outstanding work to onboard Bcomp into their supply network. We are very excited to take the next steps together with them, to become a long-term supply partner and help BMW Group reach their ambitious sustainability goals. Finally, I want to congratulate the Bcomp team which has been delivering excellent and hard work ever since we started the company, bringing us all the way to this outstanding Supplier Award.” Photo: BMW Group Photo: BMW Group Full Press Release from BMW Group: Innovations are the key to success: BMW Group recognises suppliers with coveted Supplier Innovation Award Have a question or want to stay in touch? Contact us now