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Latex replacement for automotive interior felts and building industry (LATEXFRI)

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The Latexfri Eco-Innovation project is a European project dedicated to industrial start of innovative powder impregnated nonwovens replacing conventional latex coated products.Targeted markets are Automotive and Building industry. The project team is composed of a nonwoven manufacturer (TWE group), a technology provider (FIBROLINE) and a specialist of extrusion moulding (MAPEA).Initial part of the project will consist to install a first industrial line of the innovative solution. Fibroline will bring to TWE required know-how on the technology to work together on the industrial equipment design and specifications. After this initial step, the partners will optimize the process and product parameters in order to define the best technico-economic balance during production.This project will also allow the partners to validate the savings linked to the innovative solution. The production method, product composition as well as end of life management (LCA, waste recycling...) will be studied in comparison to existing latex coating, in particular with MAPEA, experienced in the recycling solutions.In addition, market studies will be conducted on the automotive and building felts in order to maximize the market penetration of the technology.Finally, additional business opportunities will be investigated in order to define the global potential of the innovative solution.

Benefits

A large part of the powder binder used to replace latex is a waste from the powder coating industry (paint).Due to perfect powder location, binder content is significantly reduced, leading to weight & costs reductions.The manufacturing process requires extremely low energy consumption in comparison to liquid solutions.Total elimination of water consumption and no waste waters productionRecycling solutions thanks to elimination of Latex
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Results

  • Sound absorbing underlay with high resilience properties :
Innovative nonwoven structure combining high sound absorption properties and resilience characteristics.Properties: Reduction of impact sound: Δ= 21 DB (ISO 10140-3)Compression stress > 10 kPaTargeted markets:Floor underlay, …. 
  • Automotive: Latex free carpets and textile parts
Cost efficient alternative to latex coated textiles for automotive interior parts.Cost efficient binderEcological manufacturing solution (no solvent)Emissions reduced Waste reduction (recyclable product)Targeted Markets: Wheel covering, underbody shields, trunk and interior parts… 
  • Furniture
Innovative prepreg composite materials.Several fiber reinforcements available (Natural fibers, Synthetic fibers, Glass fibers…)Taylor made composition thanks to a flexible and patented technologyWaste reduction (recyclable product)Targeted Markets: Furniture, chairs… 
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FIBROLINE FRANCE SARL
RUE AUGUSTE TRAMIER 20
69130 ECULLYRhône-Alpes
France
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Name: 
JEROME VILLE

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Duration:
01/10/2012 to 31/03/2016
Contract number: 
ECO/11/304378

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