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20th May 2019, Frankfurt

Second award for BIO4SELF at Techtextil

Innovation Award winners at this year’s Techtextil and Texprocess shows. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Thomas Fedra

Innovation Award winners at this year’s Techtextil and Texprocess shows. © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Thomas Fedra

Having already claimed an Innovation Award at this year’s JEC World show in Paris in March, the BIO4self project to develop a self-reinforced PLA composite material has claimed at second at last week’s Techtextil technical textiles show in Frankfurt.

BIO4self is a European H2020 project, coordinated by Centexbel in Belgium with partners Comfil in Denmark, Chemosvit Fibrochem in Slovakia, the Technical University of Denmark and the Faunhofer ICT in Germany.

The partners have developed biobased and easy-to-recycle self-reinforced composites based on PLA fibres with an inherent high stiffness. As a result, PLA is being upgraded to a material suitable for more technical and demanding final applications, including automotive and household electronics, as well as sports goods and medical appliances).

Two different PLA grades are required to produce self-reinforced polymer composites (or SRPCs) – a low melting temperature PLA grade to form the matrix and an ultra-high stiffness and high melting temperature PLA grade to form the reinforcing fibres.

Bio4self innovations now have overcome several challenges related to the production of PLA SRPC including:

  • The formulation of a moisture/humidity-resistant PLA grade.
  • The melt extrusion of ultra-high stiffness PLA reinforcement fibres.
  • The consolidation and thermoforming procedures to achieve the highest performance SRPC material.
  • The industrial scale-up of production.

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