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EDITORIAL No55 February - March 2010 47th year President and CEO/Publisher: Frédérique Mutel mutel@jeccomposites.com Editor-in-chief: Frédéric Reux Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 11 reux@jeccomposites.com The green wave One sign of the reigning enthusiasm on the subject of green products has been the European Flax and Hemp Confederation’s creation of a scientific committee of eight European experts. The committee’s objectives are to increase the Confederation’s expertise in standards and references, training, publishing reference works and disseminating information. One of its missions is to inform about potential developments and new research. There is a need to send out a consistent message on natural fibres and on their capability to meet market requirements. Natural fibres have a lot of potential for composite materials and are no longer considered as something exotic. Obviously not everything can be done with natural fibres, but still, more and more research is being done on the subject and there is some genuine progress to be noted. Low environmental impact is not the only advantage of natural fibres. Their intrinsic technical properties can also contribute to improve the performance of the finished product. Applications are blossoming. One of Artengo’s latest tennis racquets for Decathlon, for example, contains 15% flax fibres, resulting in a 22% improvement in the damping ratio, which is a crucial criterion for players. There is a strong desire on one side to offer new, more environment-friendly solutions, and to have an alternative to conventional products on the other. All along the production chain, steps are being taken to meet the challenge of what is no longer just a vogue, but a strong trend. Green solutions are very much in demand in the automotive sector, in particular. In Europe, regulations are imposing higher and higher recyclability rates for vehicles, forcing players to innovate. By 2015, all new cars marketed in Europe will have to be 95% recyclable. This is a monumental challenge that is forcing manufacturers to think ahead. The PSA group recently announced that by 2011, it would decrease the environmental footprint of its cars by boosting the green-material content in the polymers used to 20%. Each new vehicle project must contain an increasing proportion of green materials. These materials include natural fibres, non-metallic recycled materials, and bio-based materials (materials based on renewable resources rather than on petroleum). Green materials are also being gradually integrated into existing models. This is an irreversible trend, and all manufacturers are involved in rethinking their vehicle design methods. The application of ecodesign and life cycle analysis methods to products is becoming more commonplace in most industrial segments. In this new context, natural fibres have many advantages. We can wager that new composite applications based on these materials will rapidly become established in many application sectors. Assistant editor: Franck Glowacz Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 04 glowacz@jeccomposites.com Technical topics: Pierre Lissac info@jeccomposites.com Copy-editor & Graphic designer: Antoine Morel morel@jeccomposites.com Marylène Pinault pinault@jeccomposites.com Advertising manager: Judith Blacker Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 74 blacker@jeccomposites.com Circulation & partnership manager: presse@jeccomposites.com Sandrine Dumarquez dumarquez@jeccomposites.com Subscriptions: www.jeccomposites.com/magazine-subscription/ Fax: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 19 Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 08 dumarquez@jeccomposites.com Marketing/Communication: Patrice Sinthon, sinthon@jeccomposites.com Printing: SPEI - Pulnoy (54), France Legal registration: ISSN 1639-965X Dépôt légal : 1e trimestre 2010 Photos & illustrations: All rights reserved, unless mentioned. JEC Composites Magazine is published by JEC. 25, Bd de l’Amiral Bruix 75016 Paris - France Tel: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 01 Fax: +33 (0)1 58 36 15 14 www.jeccomposites.com The reproduction, even partial, of articles and illustrations is forbidden, unless prior permission is obtained from JEC Composites Magazine. The management of JEC Composites Magazine reserves the right to refuse advertising. Total Qualified Circulation: 31,349 copies (23,500 Print circulation and 7,849 Electronic circulation) May issue (BPA June statement 2009) Frédéric Reux Editor-in-chief No55 February - March 2010 / jec composites magazine
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NEWS WORLDWIDE
Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
 - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
Agenda of events
 - ContiTech and BASF reach new milestone in lightweight construction
 - BMW M-Series carbon-fibre roof
Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
BUSINESS
Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
Human capital - RHS manager
FEATURE
Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
 - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
 - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
USERS’ PLATFORM
Composites in the world - New cordless hammer drill
 - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
 - Carbon 451 lamp
 - Premium pocket binoculars
Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
KNOW-HOW
Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - NEWS WORLDWIDE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Companies - AGY is expanding into Asia Pacific
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Pipeco: successful shift from steel to composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Agenda of events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Innovations - NRC and Magna to develop ultra-light materials for next-generation vehicles
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - BUSINESS
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Market survey -  The European composites market 2008/2009
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Trends - Automobile interior parts go greener
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Niche market - Concept Blade - The leading edge of acoustic technology
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Human capital - RHS manager
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - FEATURE
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Outlook - Natural fibres for the 3rd millennium
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - The outlook for flax and hemp fibres in composites .
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Properties - The biomaterial for green composites
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Weaving -  High-performance biocomposites: novel aligned natural fibre reinforcements
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Compounds - Bioplastic-based compounds
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Combining polypropylene and natural fibre in automotive applications
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - Complete houses made of wood-plastic composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Recycling - Recycling composite materials reinforced with plant fibres
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - USERS’ PLATFORM
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Life cycle analysis: eco-friendly coffin
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 -  - Premium pocket binoculars
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Successful partners - Earthquake-proof FRPM pipes
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Application - PlanetSolar: around the world on the world’s largest solar-powered boat
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - KNOW-HOW
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Cutting tools - Are lasers finally competing with rotary die cutters
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #55 - February/March 2010 - Design & Manufacturing - Advanced composite racing yacht construction
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