Responding to demand from manufacturers for reinforcements that are scientifically proven to be sustainable and high-performing, Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp (previously known as the European Confederation for Flax and Hemp) will once again partner with JEC Group to host an expanded Natural Fibre Village at JEC World 2023. The group will also showcase its new visual identity and name having rebranded in December 2022.
With many new exhibitors committed to the 2023 Natural Fibre Village - making it the largest natural fibres village at JEC World to date - members of Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp will exhibit a wide range of flax products designed for industrial-scale-use, from building materials and performance parts for automotive interiors, to motorsport components and products for the marine industry. For this latest edition, a central networking and social area will also be added to the Natural Fibre Village to facilitate presentations, discussion and the sharing of knowledge.
Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp will also use JEC World 2023 to reinforce the value of its European Flax certification, that provides manufacturers of composites with fully traceable and certified premium-quality flax fibres that are sustainably grown in Western Europe.
Further, as part of the JEC Composite Exchange sessions during the show, Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp will present a session where it will discuss the latest updates on its work on the life-cycle analysis (LCA) of flax-fibre reinforcements and the vibration-damping properties of flax in composites. The session will take place on 25 April at 4.00PM on the Agora Stage in Hall 5.
"Our name clearly embodies our organisation’s international ambitions," said Bart Depourcq, president of Alliance for European Flax-Linen & Hemp. "The composites industry is striving to make its products more environmentally sustainable, without compromising the low weight and excellent mechanical properties for which they are prized. The use of flax-fibre reinforcements could make a significant contribution to meeting these challenges, and we look forward to promoting the latest developments from our members at JEC World 2023."