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Applications Natural fibres for motorsports Bcomp’s high performance renewable fibres vs. standard carbon fiber layup for motorsports • Maintained performance at lower weight, or increased stiffness at maintained weight (compared to standard carbon fibre composites) • Safer crash behaviour without sharp shattering, and increased vibration damping • Up to 30 % cost savings • Lower eco footprint – more sustainable material, less material, and used material can be taken care of within the standard waste management system Bcomp, Fribourg / Switzerland announced a few new applications in motosports applications. The Flax fibre based powerRibs proprietary reinforcement technology forms a unique grid that supports thin-walled shell structures for e.g. motorsport body parts or automotive interiors. Combining extremely high performance (stiffness, vibration damping) with low weight, safer crash behaviour, powerRibs can be combined with ampliTex technical fabrics for a high-performance, full flax panel; alternatively, the flax-based powerRibs can also be combined to a glassor carbon fibre base. The ampliTex technical fabrics combine the finest flax fibres with a radical composites approach, and Bcomp’s cutting edge natural fibre know-how. This results in the highest performing natural fibre fabrics on the market, yielding the perfect partner for powerRibs to form superior lightweight panels with high vibration damping, stiffness and safer crash behaviour, all using natural flax fibres. DAB Motors for Yamaha, Biarritz The Alter XSR900 commissioned by Yamaha is a prime example of Simon Dabadie‘s (founder of DAB motors) constant search to push the limits of motorcycle building using the latest technology and materials to create an extraordinary combination of futurism and vintage. The result is a stunning motorcycle where the highperformance ampliTex technical fabrics not only contribute to light-weight and more sustainable body parts with a flirt to vintage looks, but also enables the unique front light with their translucency. race ready EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL Electric GT Holdings Inc. (headquartered at Circuit Pau- Arnos, France) and SPV Racing just unveiled the raceready version of the EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Under the foil there is another layer to the story: the racing edition is lightweighted with body parts in natural fiber ampliTex and powerRibs, contributing to the 500kg weight reduction vs. the road edition. The EPCS edition Tesla also leverages the flax fibres unique translucency as the roof has a fully inte-grated LED screen that will display statistics and information during the races – an entirely new and revolutionising grip to bring the audience closer to the race and a part of modernising racing to attract new audiences. MT | | 24 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/18] Vol. 13

Automotive PRESENTS The Bioplastics Award will be presented during the 13 th European Bioplastics Conference December 04-05, 2018, Berlin, Germany THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL AWARD FOR DEVELOPERS, MANUFACTURERS AND USERS OF BIOBASED AND/OR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS. Call for proposals Enter your own product, service or development, or nominate your favourite example from another organisation Please let us know until August 31 st 1. What the product, service or development is and does 2. Why you think this product, service or development should win an award 3. What your (or the proposed) company or organisation does 2018 Your entry should not exceed 500 words (approx. 1 page) and may also be supported with photographs, samples, marketing brochures and/or technical documentation (cannot be sent back). The 5 nominees must be prepared to provide a 30 second videoclip and come to Berlin on December 4 th , 2018. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from supported by bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/18] Vol. 13 25

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