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15th November 2016, Kimbolton

Flax innovation in the Mercedes E Class

FibriPlast Hybrid combines regular thermo-compression process with localised injection moulding. © EcoTechnilinThe latest flax-based innovation from EcoTechnilin, FibriPlast Hybrid, is now in production for the door trims of the latest Mercedes E Class.

“FibriPlast Hybrid combines our regular thermo-compression process with localised injection moulding,” explains the company’s marketing director William Anthony.

“Once the tool has closed with the heated flax and polypropylene thermoplastic nonwoven inside, small amounts of polypropylene are injected to form the reinforcements and fixings.  As a result, it combines the cost-effectiveness of thermo-compression with the localised intricacy of injection moulding – all in a quick, one-shot process. It’s very neat and cost effective – much lighter than an injected part and the tool costs six times less.”

UK-headquartered EcoTechnilin has been producing natural fibre nonwovens as the basis for composites for over 20 years and has a modern production facility in the heart of the Normandy flax fields in France.

The company produces up to an annual 7,000 tons of nonwoven mats, mainly destined to become parcel shelves, dash boards or interior trim panels for the global automotive industry.

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