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PowerRibs

A new hybrid technology for lighter automotive interior panels and using less plastic

May 2020
Gallery PowerRibs 1
Gallery PowerRibs 1
01.

Identification

This solution provides a new high-performance renewable material with a unique price/performance ratio to meet the strong and growing need for lightweight in today's mobility industry.

There is an ongoing revolution for cleaner mobility. In response to these challenges, EU, US and Chinese authorities have significantly reduced the CO2 emission standards for cars and push the use of renewable materials. Accordingly, the entire mobility industry is going through the largest industry shift in decades. One of the major challenges consists of cutting weight in vehicles, to increase their autonomy and decrease battery power. To address these needs, Bcomp develops and sells game-changing renewable material solutions, increasing performance, decreasing weight, and reducing the environmental impact of its customers’ products. The proprietary powerRibs reinforcement technology is inspired by the thin veins in leaves to provide maximal stiffness at minimal weight. Combined with ampliTex technical fabrics it forms a full natural fibre layup but can also be used to reinforce other thin shell materials, with the potential of cutting up to 40 % weight and reducing use of plastics by up to 80% in interior panels.

Label Date May 2020
From Switzerland
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network; Visibility; Funding opportunities; Credibility

Sectors - Value chain - Application

Sectors
Applications
Design, Power & Produce
Package & Distribute
Use & Efficiency
Valorize & Restore
Value Chain Steps
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The environmental benefits

  • Raw material, flax, grows naturally in Europe, demanding no water in manufacturing, little to no irrigation in growth and mechanical processing
  • Production waste is biodegradable or can be used for thermal energy recovery
  • Flax fibres are CO2 neutral over their lifecycle
03.

The Financial benefits

  • Exterior panels have 30% lower material cost
  • Regulatory & societal incentive to reduce weight and eco footprint
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Activity Region

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Company Profile

Bcomp Ltd

Bcomp develops sustainable lightweighting solutions for high performance applications from sports to space.

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Headquarters 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
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CleantechAlps

As an expert for the innovation scene in energy and environmental technologies, CleantechAlps (Sion, Switzerland) is a hub for the cleantech ecosystem, connecting its stakeholders with relevant partners.

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The Enterprise Europe Network

The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with international ambitions.

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