Solutions

Marine

Sustainable solutions for high-end marine applications

Natural fibres for sustainable design

The freedom and closeness to the elements at sea have always fascinated humans. However, many materials commonly used in boat building today eventually end up polluting that very environment because they end up in landfills. Our natural fibre solutions ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and bCores™ do not only offer environmental benefits and viable end-of-life options, but also novel design opportunities and excellent vibration damping.

Motorsports & bodywork

Improve environmental impact

CO2 neutral fibre

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

Technological advantages

Increased vibration damping improves comfort and reduces noise

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

Possibility to dye and color the fabrics

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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 also in the marine sector.

Our high-performance natural fibre reinforcements ampliTex™, powerRibs™ and the bCores™ core materials offer viable alternatives to carbon- and glass fibres. These technologies enable new opportunities in the construction of more sustainable and lightweight structures, from structural (hull, stringers, bulkheads) to semi- and non-structural (floorboards, cable trays and furniture) components.

We are very proud to present the beautiful creations of three customers: Baltic Yachts, Greenboats and Melker of Sweden Kayaks. Each of them a technology leader and innovator in their sector and all sharing a desire to explore how sustainability does not have to be a compromise.

A few examples

Baltic Yachts – Café Racer 68

The Baltic Yachts Café Racer is a 68-foot daysailer. Using the latest technologies to reduce its eco footprint, it is fitted with an electric propulsion and generation system and with a hull made of 50% ampliTex™ low density flax fibres.

Baltic Yachts’ Café Racer 68

Greenboats – Flax 27

The Greenboats Flax 27 daysailer is built with ampliTex™, using bio resin and recycled materials. This natural beauty attracts plenty of attention through beautiful shapes, great sailing and through the extensive use of sustainable materials.

Greenboats Flax27 sailing with ampliTex™ natural fibre

Melker Kayaks

The latest generation of kayaks by the innovative Melker of Sweden are made of natural and sustainable ampliTex™ flax fibres. Lightweight, strong, aesthetic, durable and versatile, they offer great playfulness and paired with excellent manoeuvrability, these kayaks are extremely well received.

Melker Kayaks on a quiet sea

All Cases

Sustainability

Our flax fibres are CO2 neutral over their life cycle, and the fibres themselves are biologically decomposable. Parts made from powerRibs™ and ampliTex™ have a 75% lower CO2 footprint than carbon fibre parts with matching 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, SPRINT or prepreg from trusted partners, making it suitable for vacuum infusion, autoclave or RTM processes. The powerRibs™ technology is available as dry fibre, but can be infused by a resin-rich layer of ampliTex™ prepreg. The Bcomp engineering team is happy to provide its expertise with natural fibre composites and the optimisation of layups in collaboration with naval engineers. We support our clients all the way to their finalised part.

Design opportunities

ampliTex™ technical fabrics offer novel design opportunities. Naturally, it has a beautiful organic vintage look closely reminiscent of hardwood, but it can also be coloured to fit special design requirements. The material is translucent which allows for endless creative design options.

Learn more about our other solutions

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