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Hybrid tooling prepregs cut composite mould costs

28th November 2018

An innovative hybrid composite tooling system developed by Composites Evolution utilises the benefits of flax fibre reinforcements to reduce the cost of carbon-epoxy mould tools. Currently, when moulding carbon fibre composites in an autoclave, it is common practice to also make the tools from carbon fibre prepregs. This ensures that there are no significant differences […]

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Fire retardant bio-based prepreg used for lightweight train seating support

16th October 2018

Composites Evolution, Bercella and Element Materials Technology (Element) have successfully completed the development and testing of a composite cantilever support for rail passenger seating. The component, which is 1 meter long but weighs less than 5 kg, passed a wide range of tests performed by Element. The evaluation included static loadings, fatigue cycles and fire […]

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Composites Evolution Cuts the Ribbon on new UK Prepreg Manufacturing Facility

9th July 2018

Composites Evolution has now completed the final stage of its move to a new prepreg manufacturing facility in Chesterfield, UK, officially marking the start of the next chapter in the company’s journey as a supplier of innovative composite materials. “This exciting development of our business concludes several years of investment in product development and commercialisation. […]

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Composites Evolution Announces New Prepregging Business at JEC WORLD 2018

28th February 2018

A new look Composites Evolution will be arriving in Paris (6th to the 8th of March 2018) to tell the world about several important changes to the business. Since the inception of the company in 2009, people have known us best for our work advancing the use of bio-derived raw materials but we have also […]

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Composites Evolution joins Composites UK

7th February 2018

Simply put as a fast growing UK based manufacturer and raw materials supplier, why would we not want to be part of our homegrown sector focussed association? So in the late part of 2017, we joined this fast-growing group of like-minded individuals. We look forward to getting more involved with the sub-groups and working parties. […]

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Composites Evolution gains ISO9001:2015 certification

6th February 2018

To start 2018, the Composites Evolution team are pleased to announce their recent certification to the ISO9001:2015 standard. Crispin Jones, Prepreg Business Manager,  who recently joined the team stated ” This formalisation and recognition of our existing internal processes is important is a step in taking us from a niche materials supplier to a mainstream […]

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Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Door on Display at JEC World Featuring Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

1st March 2017

A door for a hydrogen powered car, constructed using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax, will be on display in the Auto Planet at JEC World, Paris, France, on the 14th – 16th March, 2017. The door panel, developed by NetComposites, KS Composites and Riversimple for the Rasa hydrogen fuel cell car, has been built using a […]

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Carbon/Flax Hybrid Structures Show Improved Vibration Damping and Impact Behaviour

15th February 2016

A UK-based consortium has developed carbon/flax hybrid structures with lower cost, higher vibration damping and improved impact behaviour compared to carbon fibre. The CARBIO project, led by Composites Evolution, has produced hybrid composites using layers of flax fibre and carbon fibre which have equal bending stiffness to all-carbon laminates, but with reduced cost, increased shock […]

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Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures at bio!CAR 2015

3rd November 2015

Composites Evolution presented  “Hybrid Carbon-Biocomposite Automotive Structures with Reduced Weight, Cost, NVH and Environmental Impact” at the inaugural bio!CAR conference which took place on 24th and 25th September, 2015, alongside Composites Europe at the exhibition centre in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference concentrated on biobased materials for automotive applications and was organised by bioplastics MAGAZINE and nova-Insitute. […]

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Composites Evolution Develops Carbon Flax Hybrid Solutions

3rd November 2015

Composites Evolution has developed a range of carbon flax hybrid materials offering a lower cost alternative to carbon fibre. In addition to reducing overall part cost, the inclusion of flax  improves vibration dampening performance, reduces part weight, and reduces environmental impact compared to carbon fibre alone. The carbon flax hybrids can also create unique and […]

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CARBIO Project Develops Carbon/Flax Hybrid Automotive Roof

3rd November 2015

The CARBIO project has developed a carbon/flax hybrid automotive roof using Composite Evolution’s Biotex Flax material. The project, which involves Jaguar Land Rover, is developing novel carbon/flax hybrid composites to produce automotive structures with reduced weight, cost, environmental impact and improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

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Biotex Flax Used to Strengthen Sustainable Paddle Board for BIC Sport

10th March 2015

BIC Sport has used Biotex Flax to develop the ‘Earth SUP’ range of paddle boards, with sizes from 3m – 4.2m. Founded in 1979 by the Bich family, of BIC Pen fame, BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for water sports and expertise in manufacturing. BIC has a desire to implement sustainable manufacturing processes […]

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Composites Evolution to Display Ecopreg Products for Mass Transport

3rd March 2015

Composites Evolution will display a range of Ecopreg products designed for the mass transport industry at JEC Europe 2015. Ecopreg Glass/PFA is a sustainable, fire-safe prepreg material that provides a greener alternative to conventional phenolic prepregs. Their key innovation is the use of a 100% bio-based polyfurfuryl alcohol (PFA) resin system. PFA resins have similar […]

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Biotex Flax Used to Improve Impact Performance for Bamboo Bike

25th February 2015

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used by Guapa Cycles to improve the impact performance of its ‘Urban One’ Bamboo bicycle. UK-based Guapa Cycles designs and engineers wood composite bicycles by using technology proven to excel in the harsh conditions experienced in surf and snow sports. Whilst researching alternatives to carbon for use in its […]

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Biotex Flax Used to Create Sustainable Flax Fairing for Motorbikes

28th August 2014

C-Tech Composites has created flax fairing parts for motorbikes using Biotex Flax epoxy prepreg supplied by SHD Composites. C-Tech Composites, a UK-based producer and designer of motorcycle bodywork discovered Composites Evolution’s range of flax reinforcements during the Composites Engineering show in Birmingham, UK. Excited by the possibilities of the material, C-Tech discussed with staff at […]

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Composites Evolution Materials Used in Lightweight Sports Canoe

28th August 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” freestyle canoe. Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax materials have been used successfully by German-based canoe designer Lake Constance in its “Felicity” freestyle canoe. The Biotex range of natural reinforcements provide a sustainable alternative to high-performance materials such as […]

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Easy Composites to Distribute Composites Evolution’s Biotex Reinforcement Materials

3rd March 2014

Composites Evolution has teamed up with Easy Composites to provide fast distribution of its Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute natural fibre reinforcement materials. Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax and Biotex Jute materials are used to reduce weight, enhance aesthetics and improve the sustainability of composite components, compared to glass fibre. Easy Composites has grown quickly to […]

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Blades for Rooftop Wind Turbine manufactured from Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax

3rd March 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used to manufacture natural fibre reinforced blades for a rooftop wind turbine at the University of Stuttgart. The blades were conceived, designed and manufactured by the SWE (Endowed Chair of Wind Energy) at the University, the team having found that Biotex Flax reinforcement’s unique twistless technology gave them the […]

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Biotex Flax/PLA Materials Used in 100% Biodegradable Furniture

22nd January 2014

Composites Evolution’s Biotex commingled Flax/PLA materials have been chosen by a furniture designer from Sheffield Hallam University to develop novel biodegradable furniture. Roger Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Design at Sheffield Hallam University, spent a year working with student Matt Harding on the BioFurniture project. The project, in collaboration with NetComposites in Chesterfield, started as a […]

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Composites Evolution to Exhibit Ecopreg PFA at Composites Engineering 2013

8th November 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Ecopreg PFA biocomposite prepreg at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC Birmingham, UK. The range, which includes both glass/PFA and flax/PFA bioresin prepregs, is based on aligned fabrics, and is the result of over four years’ extensive research and development. PFA (Polyfurfuryl Alcohol) […]

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Composites Evolution to Exhibit Low-Cost Biotex Jute Fabrics at Composites Engineering 2013

14th October 2013

Composites Evolution will showcase its Biotex Jute reinforcement range at the Composites Engineering show, which takes place on 12-13 November at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. The range, initially comprising of plain weave and 2×2 twill in weights from 300-600g/m2, offers the benefits of premium natural fibres such as flax – including a favourable stiffness-to-weight ratio […]

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Composites Evolution to Showcase Recent Material Developments at JEC Europe 2013

21st February 2013

Composites Evolution will be showcasing its latest Biotex flax fibre developments at JEC Europe 2013, 12th – 14th March 2013, at Porte de Versailles, Paris, France (stand B13). Composites Evolution is a supplier of innovative, sustainable materials to the composites industry, including fibre reinforcements, resins and intermediates based on natural, bio-derived, recycled and recyclable feedstocks. […]

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Composites Evolution to Showcase Biocomposite Snowboard at Composites Engineering 2012

23rd October 2012

Composites Evolution will be showcasing the latest application of Biotex flax fibre, a snowboard designed and developed by Magine Snowboards, in the NetComposites Product Display Area at the Composites Engineering Show, 7th – 8th November 2012, on stand 346 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK The snowboard consists of a wooden laminate core, sandwiched between two […]

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Magine Develop Biocomposite Snowboard Using Biotex Flax Fabric

20th March 2012

Magine Snowboards and Skis have developed a biocomposite snowboard using Composites Evolution’s Biotex flax fabric. The novel construction includes a wooden laminate core, sandwiched between two layers of Biotex flax fabric, and a top and bottom plastic layer, all bonded together using an eco-epoxy resin system. Magine, who are based in Newfoundland, Canada, were looking […]

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Biocomposite Canoe to be Showcased at Composites Engineering 2011

2nd November 2011

An all natural composite canoe designed and manufactured in the UK using flax fibre and a linseed oil based resin will be showcased at the upcoming Composites Engineering Show. The canoe has been built by Flaxland and is made from a flax fabric (Biotex Flax 4×4 Hopsack) supplied by Composites Evolution and a UV cured […]

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High Performance Flax/PP Tape Woven Fabric Developed by Oxeon Using Composites Evolution’s Biotex Aligned Tapes

22nd September 2011

Oxeon have carried out trials on Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax/PP in order to develop a new range of environmentally sustainable, lightweight tape woven fabrics. Oxeon originally contacted Composites Evolution about the project as they were looking for aligned natural fibre-based tapes in order to develop a new range of environmentally sustainable, lightweight tape woven fabrics. […]

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High-Performance Flax/PLA Biocomposites to be Demonstrated at JEC 2011

28th March 2011

Composites Evolution will be displaying their extensive range of Biotex twistless flax materials on stand D76 at JEC 2011, and RocTool will be running live moulding demonstrations of Biotex Flax/PLA high-performance biocomposite throughout the show using their innovative induction heating technologies. Biotex Flax/PLA is a 100% bio-derived and compostable composite with good mechanical performance and […]

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High-Performance Non-Crimp Twistless Flax Fabrics Launched at Composites Europe 2010

10th September 2010

Composites Evolution will be displaying the extended range of Biotex twistless flax materials at Composites Europe 2010, including a new +/- 45° biaxial fabric. The materials use a unique Twistless Technology to provide high levels of performance and processability normally associated with glass reinforced materials. Biotex Commingled Flax/PP, Biotex Commingled Flax/PLA and Biotex Flax yarns, […]

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High-Performance Twistless Flax Materials Launched at Composites Europe

27th October 2009

Biotex launches at Composites Europe, Stand C2/D02 A new family of materials, Biotex Commingled Flax/PP, Biotex Commingled Flax/PLA and Biotex Flax yarns, fabrics and preconsolidated sheets will be launched at Composites Europe in Stuttgart. The materials use a unique Twistless Technology to provide high levels of performance and processability normally associated with glass reinforced materials. […]

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