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Sustainable lightweighting - naturally smart reinforcements

Highly versatile sustainable lightweighting solutions from natural fibres

Bcomp’s natural fibre reinforcement solutions are used in the most diverse applications from satellite panels and bridges, to luxury watches, instruments, and interior design. Thanks to a great performance to weight ratio and low environmental impact, the ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and bCores™ product ranges offer exceptional versatility.

Sustainable fibres

The flax fibres are CO2 neutral over their lifecycle

High mechanical performance reduces amount of material needed & weight in end-product

Thermal energy recovery within municipal waste management system at end-of-life

Good resin flow capability reduces the amount of consumables needed during production

Technical advantages

High vibration damping improves comfort and reduces noise transmission

Radiotransparent and non-conductive

Same CTE as carbon fibres, allowing for hybrid layups

Unique design opportunities

Beautiful aesthetics and new lighting opportunities with ampliTex™, thanks to its natural translucency

Endless colouring options and varying architectures

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As society is increasingly concerned about the well-being of our planet and the eco footprint left for future generations, sustainable materials are increasingly sought after.

Our high-performance natural fibre reinforcements ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and the bCores™ core materials offer viable alternatives to standard engineering materials. These technologies enable new opportunities in the construction and development of more sustainable and lightweight products.

We collaborate with leading universities and research institutions around the world to constantly develop our products and their applications. The satellite panel created together with the European Space Agency is the result of a close collaboration where the materials have been tested in the most extreme conditions.

A few examples

Satellite panel in collaboration with the European Space Agency

Aiming to make space exploration cleaner and safer, the first natural fibre reinforced satellite panel showcases the high versatility of powerRibs™ and ampliTex™. Developed within the framework of the European Space Agency Clean Space Initiative, this bio-composite satellite panel creates new opportunities for “Design for Demise”.

Satellite panel with powerRibs™ and ampliTex™

Ritsumasyl record-breaking bio-composite bridge

The world’s first bio-based movable bicycle bridge has been inaugurated in the Netherlands. Part of the public road network, the 66 metres long and 4 metres wide bridge consists of 80% biobased materials, using Bcomp’s ampliTex™ technical flax fabrics for reinforcement in combination with balsa wood.

Ritsumasyl bridge made with ampliTex™

© Hublot

Hublot – Big Bang Linen luxury watch collection

Using the finest, specially selected, most carefully treated and artisanally hand-woven linen fibres from Swiss Emmenthal, we created a customised ampliTex™ UD fabric for the innovative watchmaker Hublot.

Hublot watches with ampliTex™

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Sustainability

Our flax fibres are CO2 neutral over their life cycle, and the fibres themselves are biologically decomposable. The production of parts made from ampliTex™ and powerRibs™ has a 75% lower CO2 footprint than that of carbon fibre parts with equal weight and performance. Production consumables are reduced, saving both costs and waste. At the end of their life, parts can be thermally recycled without residual waste within the standard waste management system rather than ending up in landfills.

Process

Bcomp’s ampliTex™ is available as dry fibre or prepreg from trusted partners and can be used for thermoset or thermoplastic production methods, including vacuum infusion, autoclave and RTM processes. Our engineering team provides market leading customer support from start to final product and can help with the reverse-engineering of existing parts.

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With the ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and bCores™ product ranges, we offer solutions for sustainable lightweighting from sports to space.​

Products

The ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and bCores™ product ranges of natural fibre reinforcements for sustainable lightweighting.

powerRibs™

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reinforcement grid

ampliTex™

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technical fabrics

bCores™

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balsa cores