Composites going green


COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 (19-21 September in Stuttgart) again includes bio-based products, technologies and solutions. For the fourth time, exhibitors and nova-institute together will be demonstrating at the “Bio-based Composites” pavilion how well sustainable products perform when it comes to lightweight construction, bio-based materials and the most modern composite solutions.

A total of 14 companies can present the topic of bio-composites at the trade fair. The joint stand is located centrally in hall 6 stand D50. Expected are visitors from around 60 nations. Of these, more than 40% are international visitors.

At the “Bio-based Composites” pavilion, which over the last four years has already expanded to an area of 150 m2, companies from the field of cellulose, wood and natural fibres are welcome, as well as companies from the field of bio-based thermosets and thermoplastics. Ten companies have already booked a place at the pavilion. To book one of the four spots still available, please contact Dr. Asta Partanen (

Meet the following key players from the bio-based industry and their service providers:

Biowert ( Processes meadows grass in a green biorefinery to composite granulates that can be used as well as for everyday consumer goods as for decking tiles (DE).

Bcomp ( Supplier of Natural Fibre Composites (NFC), Bcomp “PowerRibs” natural fibre technology triples the stiffness of thin-walled structures compared to other composite parts with the same weight (CH).

Cordenka ( produces the industrial yarn Cordenka Rayon. The cellulose-based fibre is used as a reinforcing material, in high-performance tires and technical rubber products (DE).

Depestele Group ( Leading European private flax producer specializing in special grades of technical fibres and refining the fibres up to the fibre intermediates (FR)

Dehondt Composites ( Partner for “high-tech” flax composites in automotive and many others. The offer ranges from fibres and rovings to pre-impregnated textiles (FR).

EcoTechnilin ( The company has developed “FibriPreg technology”, for example, in which furfural-based bio-resin from TransFurans Chemicals from Belgium is used for aerospace and automotive applications (UK).

European Industrial Hemp Association ( Association of the European hemp industry, member companies are supplier of technical hemp fibres for composites, mainly for the automotive industry (EU).

Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) ( The FNR will provide information on all topics and projects related to bio-based composites at the bio-based pavilion (DE).

nova-Institut GmbH ( Organizer of the joint pavilion provides comprehensive services in the field of natural fibres, bio-based polymers and composites, technical-economic assessments, life cycle assessments, market analyses and project development (DE).

SAFILIN ( Leading European spinner of hemp and flax fibres with good access to industrial networks in this area (FR).


At COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 at the Stuttgart fairground, the second bio!CAR conference ( will be organized for bio-based materials in automotive engineering. On Sept. 20 and 21, experts from all fields of bio-based materials present their latest developments. The conference will be organized jointly by bioplastics MAGAZINE and nova-Institute..