Trifilon – Second Generation Biocomposites
Themes: Bio-based Composites
Partner: nova-Institut GmbH
Biocomposite technologies have been around for decades, in particular those in which the underlying motivation is the conversion of an agricultural or production by-product - or, in other words, the discovery and use of a cost-reducing filler. There are certainly worthwhile applications for such technologies. But there are two critical remarks. On the one hand, these fillers lead to biocomposites with limited mechanical and aesthetic quality and, as a result, limited application possibilities. On the other hand, it may seem that the use of these bio-ingredients brings an economic benefit, e.g. to replace plastics produced with fossil fuels, instead of replacing renewable raw materials with these technologies, simply because they are cheaper. Trifilon, a Swedish eco-technology company, has developed a second generation of biocomposites with a different approach - Material Performance. The first commercial offering, BioLite, is a hemp-based biocomposite for which the plant fibres have been selected and specially treated to improve the performance of the final material, both mechanically and aesthetically. Due to the newly developed industrial processes for processing hemp fibres, BioLite achieves better mechanical values and colours than other biocomposites. There are still challenges - from general food approvals, to UV resistance, to the prolonged irritation of industrial hemp uses due to the infamous relative marijuana. These and other more technical challenges will be presented at the 5th ICC in September.