PARIS – Making cars truly sustainable means developing not only new energy sources, but also finding a replacement for petroleum-based plastics. To strengthen plastics, Europeans have been at the forefront of using hemp and linen fibers, among others, to replace glass fibers in composite panels. The two trends came together at the recent JEC European composites show here when CRST SA, a small French research company, introduced an automotive composite in which a thermoformable plastic ...

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