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Automotive Composites

Posted on February 18, 2011
Steps to manufacture natural fiber composites
Steps to manufacture natural fiber composites
Eric Pollitt
Steps to manufacture natural fiber composites
FlexForm door
FlexForm door
Eric Pollitt
FlexForm door
FlexForm seat panel
FlexForm seat panel
Eric Pollitt
FlexForm seat panel
Mercedes S class
Mercedes S class
Eric Pollitt
Mercedes S class
Mercedes S class
Mercedes S class
Eric Pollitt
Mercedes S class
Mercedes S class
Mercedes S class
Eric Pollitt
Mercedes S class
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Mercedes A class
Eric Pollitt
Mercedes A class
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Lotus Eco Elise
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Lotus Eco Elise
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Motive Kestrel
Eric Pollitt
Motive Kestrel
Henry Ford beating plastic can panel
Henry Ford beating plastic can panel
Eric Pollitt
Henry Ford beating plastic can panel

After several years of intensive research led by Mercedes Benz, the use of natural fibers in composites were found to meet or exceed the high performance demands required for strength and durability. Natural fiber composites are made of a mixture of 50% hemp and 50% polypropylene (PP) which are formed into fleece mats and are later formed into various components.

The use of natural fibers in automotive composites versus fiberglass results in both ecological and technological benefits. When compared to traditional fiberglass, natural fiber composites do not splinter on impact, use less energy to produce, have lower material cost, and are recyclable.

About the Author

is the founder of Global Hemp Inc and has been actively involved in research and educating the masses since 1996.