bio composites

Bio composites

Many of the light-weight, high performance products on the market today, across a range of industries are made from a composite of materials; that is to say layers of silica or man made glass based fibers, with hydrocarbon based adhesives that have been fused together under extreme pressure to create a stronger material that out performs the sum of its parts. From high performance yachts through to flexible plastic consumer goods, we are beginning to understand the capabilities of composite materials.

A bio composite uses the same method to create a strong, flexible and high performance material but derives its composite parts from biological fibers such as cotton, hemp, jute, wood and recycled materials such as paper waste. By using natural fibers, including a plant-based resin which is infused with the composite fibers to increase its durability, you can create a material that is low carbon and has the potential for a reduced end of life waste profile. In addition, by using natural fibers a bio composite can utilise the natural matrix of the plant materials so that the end product mimics some of the characteristics of the plant base, including inherent strength, flexibility and ability to breathe.

Bio composites are the future. They are low carbon, biodegradable and flexible enough to fulfil the world's growing high carbon material needs without costing the Earth. Bio composites have had demonstrable success in both our application and other research projects worldwide.

The potential for growth in this market is exponential. As an example, the range, size, and application of plastic and wood in the construction industry are immense and we believe bio composites could replace any, if not all of these. This is just one market we believe bio composite products could pervade over the next decade and we are working to lead the way in Europe.

Our core business is to make bio composites a key material used by both businesses and consumers in the same way recycled plastic has become more mainstream. To do this we are investigating how our existing materials and processes can be mapped onto core commercial markets and we hope to be able to share more of our work over the next 12 months as feasibility progresses. For more information about the areas we are currently interested in development please see our R&D page.

Finally the use of bio composites offers a significant reduction in environmental damage; reduced energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore our work is not only driven by an industrial need to switch to more sustainable resources but has a regulatory driver in the UK, Europe and the U.S.

We are always looking for support in terms of funding, expertise or project ideas so please do get in touch.