Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC): European and Global Markets 2012 and Future Trends in Automotive and Construction

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Biocomposites: 350,000 t production of wood and natural fibre composites in the European Union in 2012

The most important application sectors are construction (decking, siding and fencing) and automotive interior parts. Between 10 – 15% of the total European composite market is covered by Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC). Main authors of the study are Michael Carus and Asta Eder, biocomposite experts of nova-Institute, Germany. The study points out the growth potential of WPC and NFC granulates for injection moulding for all kinds of technical applications and consumer goods as well as in the automotive industry. What’s more, bio-based polymers in combination with wood and natural fibres take on greater significance – applied in everything from toys to automotive interior.

The market report gives the first comprehensive and detailed picture of the use and amount of wood and natural fibre reinforced composites in the European bio-based economy. The analysis covers natural fibre as well as Wood-Plastic Composites in extrusion, injection and compression moulding in different branches and applications.

Michael Carus, Dr. Asta Eder, Lara Dammer, Dr. Hans Korte, Lena Scholz, Roland Essel, Elke Breitmayer, Martha Barth
Date of publication
Jun 2015