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Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Photo: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Photos: Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH

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  • Furniture Design
  • Automotive
  • Packaging Industry
  • Musical Instruments

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Exhibit: NFC & WPC

Natural fiber reinforced plastics (NFC, Natural Fibre Composites) or a subgroup, the wood-polymer composites (WPC, Wood Polymer Composites) are new, innovative and bio-based materials. These materials can be processed by extrusion (coextrusion, foaming), injection molding and 3D printing (Fused Filament Modelling, FFF).

NFC contain biogenic fillers (wood, pulp, hemp, sisal, cellulose, cork, etc.) in a matrix of (bio-) polymers. Due to the achievable lower densities lightweight components whith convincing properties can be generated. During manufacturing shorter cycle times, reduced processing temperatures and lower energy consumption are the advantages of this novel class of materials.

Applications of natural fiber-plastic composites are currently mainly decking and flooring. New developments try to open other fields of application such as automotive interior design, furniture, office supplies, housings and pencils.

In addition, these materials can be transformend into high-performance ceramics, which withstand extreme temperatures (over 1,000 °C) and which are stable in aggressive chemical environments.

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