JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 16

marine

interview

Corentin de Chatelperron
Founder
Gold of Bengal

JEC Composites Magazine:
Were you specially attracted to
Bangladesh - how did you wind
up in that country?

Bangladesh, my professional
engineering experience was
all oriented towards ecology:
wind energy, ecotourism,
and ecoconstruction. Now, I
realize that it is necessary to
create links between Western countries and Southern
countries to share our expertise
and experiences, as much the
failures as the successes, to
encourage them to develop in a
sustainable way.
Tara-Tari made of 40% jute fibre

JCM: Did composites strike you
as an obvious choice?

C. C. : I learned about com-

Corentin de Chatelposite materials by making surperron : I left for Bangladesh fboards when I was a student.

in 2009 to help Yves Marre
develop his shipyard for fibreglass fishing boats. Bangladesh
has the world's largest fleet of
boats, and because of deforestation, the country is having
trouble finding a supply of
wood. To solve these problems,
Yves' shipyard is one of the first
there to use composite materials. I didn't know anything
about Bangladesh or shipbuilding... that's what attracted me!
JCM: How did you wind up in
socially responsible/sustainable
development? Had you already
had experience in that field?

C. C. : Before I went to

Later, when I travelled, I realized that wood was becoming
rare and too expensive in a lot
of developing countries, and
that composite materials were
gradually taking its place. Since
the capacity of natural fibres to
be used in this type of material has been demonstrated, it
seems to me that it would be
interesting to adapt the type of
composite to each area of the
world as a function of the natural resources there. Bengal has
unique knowhow in jute fibre.
Jute is the world's leading fibre
crop behind cotton, and it has
good mechanical properties, is
cheap, and supports millions

of farmers. So it seems to me
that research on a composite
reinforced with jute fibre is a
priority in that area.

zation process.

JCM: The project has now considerably developed. Just what is
the nature of Gold of Bengal -
is it an association?

financial. It's hard to find the
money to finance research
when you're a small organization. Luckily, even with a
limited budget, we are able to
make effective progress, thanks
to schools like the ICAM,
which does our specimen testing, to companies like Kairos,
which shares its biocomposite
experience with us, and to a
lot of young volunteers who
come and get really keen on the
project.

C. C. : The project was

sponsored for three years
by the Watever Association,
whose main activity is helping
poor countries develop their
shipbuilding industry. The mechanical characteristics of our
jute composite opens the way
to a broad range of applications, and we've just created an
independent association called
Gold of Bengal to extend our
research to other fields besides
shipbuilding.

JCM: What are you going to
focus on in the future: research,
incubation, industrialization,
or...?

C. C. : Our goal is to continue

The first boat mase in injection in Bangladesh

our research on biocomposites, extending our interest to
other natural reinforcements
like kenaf or sisal hemp and
to more environment-friendly
resins. And, to give our finds a
greater impact, we want to take
care of promoting it ourselves
and to support the industriali-

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JCM: What are the main obstacles to your progress?

C. C. : Our main obstacle is

JCM: Let's take advantage of
this column to issue an appeal.
What do you most need to
continue with your project?

C. C. : Our biggest need is to

find sponsors. Their donations
are tax-deductible, and it would
allow us to continue hiring
research scientists and supporting the industrial development
of our innovations. We also
seek to create ties with R&D
centres in the composite sector
so that their experience might
be of benefit to developing
countries. It is an area where
skills sponsorship is very rare,
and yet so necessary!



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014

Cover
Edito
Point of view: volume production
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In Brief
Advanced materials
APPLICATIONS
Cargo
Marine
E-car
Motorcycle
MARKET
Glass fibre
Overview 2013
FEATURE PREPREG
Laminates
Paper
Equipment
Technology
Carbon fibre
Formulation
Process
Investment
Tool
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Additive manufacturing
Class A
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Cutting
PVC
Recycling
Design
Filament winding
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Point of view: volume production
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Agenda of Events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Advanced materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cargo
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Marine
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - E-car
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Motorcycle
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Glass fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 20
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Overview 2013
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Laminates
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Paper
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Equipment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Technology
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Carbon fibre
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 38
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Formulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Process
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Investment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Tool
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Additive manufacturing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Class A
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 54
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cutting
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - PVC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Design
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 62
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Filament winding
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 68
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