Title: Natural-fibres composites for the automotive industry: challenges, solutions and applications

Authors: Gerard Mougin, Maira Magnani, Nicole Eikelenberg

Addresses: AFT PLASTURGIE, Rue des Pres Potets 21121, Fontaine Les Dijon, France. ' Research Engineer – Sustainability Studies, FORD Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH, Susterfeldstrasse 200, D-52072 Aachen, Germany. ' Research Engineer – Sustainability Studies, FORD Forschungszentrum Aachen GmbH, Susterfeldstrasse 200, D-52072 Aachen, Germany.

Abstract: Ford Motor Company has been researching for natural fibres applications in vehicles since the 1930s. Targeting large volume production, the material supplier AFT has been working to develop composites with focus on injection moulding. To ensure the quality of natural fibres composites, AFT works on controlling the design, the production and the fibres processing. The research on natural fibre material for injection moulding achieved already good results. Material formulations for driven by specific applications requirements. This paper describes the results achieved by AFT and Ford Motor Company in cooperation with a component supplier for a specific application.

Keywords: natural fibres; fibre reinforced composites; injection moulding; automotive materials; Ford Motor Company; automobile industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2009.027829

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 2009 Vol.36 No.1/2/3/4, pp.176 - 188

Available online: 12 Aug 2009 *

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