Karl Mayer: Natural fibers for high-tech appl...
Karl Mayer

Natural fibers for high-tech applications

(Source: Karl Mayer)
(Source: Karl Mayer)

The leading international industry trade fair JEC World 2022 which takes place from May 3-5 in Paris/France, gathers the entire value chain of the composites industry and, after an online-only edition in 2021, will this time take place as an in-person and hybrid event.
Presentation highlights from Karl Mayer Technische Textilien, a member of the Karl Mayer Group, are solutions for composites made of natural fibers. On show will be a snowboard made from a non-crimp fabric produced using flax fibers on the Cop Max 4 multiaxial warp knitting machine. As a renewable raw material, flax is a sustainable alternative to glass and carbon. While glass and carbon fibers are firmly established in the composites sector thanks to their performance properties, they can only be manufactured using a great deal of raw materials and energy.
The Karl Mayer Group, Obertshausen/Germany, will also be exhibiting reinforcement solutions made from tried-and-tested high-performance fibers including high-quality carbon non-crimp fabrics manufactured on a Cop Max 5 e.g. for aircraft and automotive construction, and warp-knitted fabrics with weft insertion from the Wefttronic II G, which is particularly active in the construction industry. The Sim.Ply UD is another exhibition feature. The unit efficiently produces fiber composite tapes with continuous fiber reinforcement and thermoplastic matrix systems while operating with uninterrupted process control, thereby offering very high production speeds.
Stoll, also a member of the Karl Mayer group, will be exhibiting at JEC World as well. The flat knitting specialist will show its 3D shaped knitwear with specific material use, shaped knitted textiles with specially localized reinforcement and knitted articles made using glass, thermoplastics and high-strength fibers, among others. Furthermore, low-cut textiles are an important and sustainable topic Stoll will explore in Paris.

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