Faurecia develops system to injection mold natural fibers

May 30, 2012

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Auto supplier Faurecia SA is developing a system to injection mold using natural fibers, potentially replacing existing compression molded parts.

Faurecia’s natural fibers for injection process – NAFI – uses in-line compounding to add fibers such as hemp or kenaf to polypropylene to reinforce parts in place of heavier glass. The company, with global headquarters in Nanterre, France, already has validated door panels produced using the method, said Sébastian Kah, eco-design leaders for Faurecia Interior Systems, during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 17 in Dearborn.

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