PARIS – Growing pressure to reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions is good news for hemp farms in France and rock quarries in central Europe. Natural hemp fibers and those made from volcanic basalt rocks promise to reduce the weight of components made with fiber-reinforced polymers. Linen and exotic fibers made from bananas and other plants have been gaining market share in Germany for a decade, mainly in the form of mats that are injected with resin and compressed under heat to form a ...
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