Composites Evolution Ltd

A world-leading supplier of sustainable composite materials

Reduce Costs

Reduce Costs

Biotex Flax in a carbon part reduces costs for the same performance

Reduce Environmental Impact

Reduce Environmental Impact

Biotex and Ecopreg materials are sustainable and renewable

Improve Health & Safety

Improve Health & Safety

Ecopreg and Biotex give a safer working environment

Enhance Fire Performance

Enhance Fire Performance

Ecopreg has equivalent fire performance to phenolics

Increase Damping

Increase Damping

Biotex Flax improves the damping of carbon fibre parts

Improve Aesthetics

Improve Aesthetics

Biotex gives a natural look with similar performance to glass fibre

Reduce Weight

Reduce Weight

Use Biotex to reduce the weight of your parts

Material Benefits

Our materials use unique  technologies to provide a combination of sustainability, processing and performance, offering our customers the following benefits:


Weight Reduction

Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute reinforcements are lighter than either carbon or glass fibres. Biotex Jute can be used to replace random glass fibre mats, giving a lighter product with equivalent performance and cost. Biotex Flax can be used to replace the centre layers in a carbon laminate, reducing costs and weight with no reduction in panel bending stiffness.


Increased Vibration Damping

Carbon fibre can cause noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) issues and has high environmental impact. Natural flax fibre composites have lower density and much higher damping than carbon fibre. By replacing some of the carbon in a laminate with flax, hybrid structures can be created with far greater damping, giving sporting goods a better feel and reducing NVH issues in vehicles.


Reduced Component Costs

Natural flax fibre composites have lower density and lower cost than carbon fibre. Replacing some of the carbon in a laminate with flax, hybrid structures can be created with lower cost, without reduction in panel bending stiffness. Applications include automotive body panels, secondary structures, sports racquets, bike frames, hockey sticks, skis, marine bulkheads, doors etc.


Improved Image and Aesthetics

As well as providing high-performance reinforcement, Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute reinforcements give a natural look to composite components, providing an image that is in tune with modern environmentally-conscious consumers, and appropriate to outdoor sports such as snowboarding and surfing.


Reduced Environmental Impact

Biotex and Ecopreg PFA materials are derived from materials that are both sustainable and renewable. Biotex reinforcements are manufactured from Flax and Jute, both materials that have been growth for their strong fibres for centuries, whilst PFA (Polyfurfuryl Alcohol) is a bioresin derived from crop waste such as sugar cane bagasse.


Enhanced Fire Performance

Ecopreg PFA prepregs are designed to have equivalent fire performance and cost as phenolic prepregs, but without the health and safety concerns of phenolic systems.


Improved Operator Health & Safety

Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute reinforcements are safe to the touch and can therefore be handled far more easily in the workplace than glass or carbon fibres. Ecopreg PFA prepregs have far lower formaldehyde and VOC emissions than equivalent phenolic materials, giving a far safer working environment.


Impact

In high speed impact sled tests hybrids of carbon fibre and flax reinforcements were shown to have the same specific energy absorption as well as a much more defined failure mode when compared to the original benchmark carbon fibre laminates.