FRIMO NFPP Hybrid – Trends for automotive interior applications with natural fiber composites
Themes: Bio-based Composites
Partner: nova-Institut GmbH
Natural fibers are so attractive for industrial use because of their good mechanical properties, such as rigidity and stability, and combine good insulation properties with lower densities. If there were a formula for success for sustainable lightweight construction, it would be based on combinig natural fibers with polypropylene. The composite material NFPP is popular in the automotive industry, particularly for the production of interior paneling, not only because it is lightweight, but also because it is well-suited for many process combinations. With our NFPP OneShot technology, we combine multiple processes, such as forming, laminating, and trimming. Through our NFPP Hybrid technology, we combine forming, trimming, and back injection, which allows functional elements to be integrated.
In this sense the speech gives an outlook on the current and future challenges such as combination of the above mentioned processes, recycling strategies and further applications in the automotive interior.