Cobra launches new natural fibre composite solutions

The company has used flax fibre prepregs with autoclave processing to create the new components

In response to strong demand from leading OEM customers, Cobra Advanced Composites (CAC), the automotive business of composite products manufacturer Cobra International, has launched a range of production-ready, flax fibre based, visual finish components. The new natural fibre composite solutions offer a sustainable option compared to traditional carbon look visual components.

The Thai company has supplied automotive OEMs with lightweight composite components since 2006, focusing on visual carbon fibre prepreg parts and building a reputation as a leading global supplier to the premium car and motorcycle OEMs. With new European regulatory targets approaching fast, manufacturers have requested CAC with developing alternative composite technologies using more sustainable materials.

Cobra Advanced Composites has used flax fibre prepregs with autoclave processing to create the new components. The low density flax fibres, typically cultivated in Western Europe and much less energy intensive to produce than carbon, provide good impact resistance and excellent vibration damping making them suitable for a wide variety of parts including interior as well as exterior parts.


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