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27Jan 2016

The Ambient bio-based honeycomb paper board is made of mostly natural materials
from renewable resources and a low carbon footprint. The blank is made of 75% recycled
honeycomb paper with EPS rails. It is laminated with Bcomb ampliTex SURF natural flax fabric and
the glassing is done with Entropy Resin’s bio-epoxy. The visible natural fibres and honeycomb
paper emphasise sustainability while preserving the traditional high performance shape
of the board. The unique bio-based construction of this board makes this a sustainable
board with a low carbon footprint, a long life expectancy and minimized production waste.
We have begun to develop a 6”6 ft. surfboard. The construction is not only suitable
for surfboards but also for kite-wave boards, windsurfboards and SUP boards. The
chosen materials and innovative construction will be applied in standard mass
production.

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05Jan 2016

Lonely Mountain Skis is a ski company based in Perthshire, Scotland. They build handmade custom skis that are a blend of traditional and modern materials and techniques. Currently having three ski shapes in their library, all  skis use a wood core surrounded by ampliTex flax fibres and carbon fibres.

Flax is an amazing natural fiber that is stronger than fibreglass and offers improved damping. The carbon enables our skis to be stiff where they need to whilst keeping the ski weight low. The down side of the carbon being its high vibration frequency, that the ampliTex flax brings down with increasing damping properties of the ski by up to 300%. The combination of ampliTex non-crimp flax fabrics + carbon fibres, is to date the most performing ski layup.

Furthermore, skis are glued together with Entropy Resins’ Super Sap epoxy resin, especially developed as an amazingly elastic and durable ski resin that is derived from sustainable sources.

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21Dec 2015

The Italian shaper from Passion Handcraft choose to use more sustainable materials to build his boards. Not only a direct benefit for planet earth but also for the surfer who enjoys superior performances. The kitesurf board’s deck reinforcement patches are made of ampliTex SURF flax fabrics. A tough material that also provides better vibration damping property, for a more comfortable ride and higher resistance to dings. AmpliTex SURF are low twist, light, high performance flax cloths, specialy developped to answer surf’s industry specific needs. To complete the layup, Passion Handcraft uses Entropy SuperSap resins, a high performance, bio based resin.

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26Nov 2015

Founded in 2003 by engineer/designer Alexandre Fougea, the brand Akonite features all kinds of gliding devices made of composites materials with a strong design identity and eco consciousness. The last addition to their range is a cruiser skateboard with a stunning look, ideal for all urban commutes.

Akonite has used ampliTex flax fabrics in their wood sandwich construction. The most performing natural fibre cloth available on the market with non-weaved structure. Flax is a truly sustainable fibre, produced in Europe, with superior mechanical properties than the high energy consuming glass fibres.

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23Nov 2015

FUSTA skis are hand made in Auvergne, France, by 2 brothers passionated about nature and mountains. FUSTA claims top notch quality, highlights environmental consciousness and human values. Series are limited and customisable on demand. Their latest adition, named “chaudefour” is a free-touring orientated ski that weighs 1450grs for 90mm width waist. This weight saving is made possible by the use of bCore. A full balsa-wood core, reinforced with flax fibres laminates. The result is the lightest wood ski available on the market with superior behaviour and performance on snow.

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Go check out Bcomp.ch for more info about bCores and Fusta.fr to get a pair of skis made with unique craftsmanship and soul.

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25Aug 2015

Australian surfboard Samsara innovates with using the first white flax cloth, ampliTex SURF.

Jason Wigger, Samsara surfboard’s owner and mechanical designer, is a South hemisphere true pioneer in term of sustainable surfboard manufacturing. He’s been experimenting ampliTex flax fabrics for quite a while now, finding superior properties than glass in terms of strength, resistance, weight and surf performance. He’s now wrapping up surfboards with the new ampliTex SURF flax fabrics, which is from the look, hard to differentiate from a standart glass cloth!

AmpliTex SURF are made of 100% renewable resource, flax. To be produced, the flax fibers consume 1/10 of the energy needed to produce the glass one’s. ampliTex are also engineered to be the most performing natural fibers on the market, answering the direct needs of surfboard industry. Now with a white color, from a sustainable whitening technology, the fabrics prevents wax melting from sun light and offers limitless design possibilities.

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18Aug 2015

South Africa based company Hurricane Surf is experimenting new surfboard constructions with flax fibres cloth, ampliTex.
The ampliTex flax fabric, the most effective natural fibres currently on the market, fully sustainable, engineered with low twist for higher performances, makes the board significantly more resistant to surface pressure dents and also makes it really lively, resulting a surfboard that last longer and performs better!

The flax fabrics are laid by hand and resin coated, same process as glass fibers, the easiest and most common manufacturing process within the surf industry.

In terms of sustainability , to be produced, flax fibres require 10 times less energy than glass ones. They also 100% renewable, grown in Europe with little irrigation and fertalizer and free or GMO.

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17Aug 2015

Bcomp has collaborated with several academic partners (FHNW Brugg-Windisch, KU Leuven, FHNW St. Gallen) over several years to develop novel thermoplastic-flax prepregs, with the objective of matching the mechanical properties of flax-epoxy composites. In addition, thermoplastic matrices are tough and damage tolerant and offer the possibility of rapid processing.

Several application specific polymers were selected (stiffness, strength, strain or impact performance driven) and modified, comprising a cellulose derived thermoplastic and a co-polyoxymethylene (coPOM). As a first case study, a bicycle saddle sheet was produced with a brand new coPOM-ampliTex preform.

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03Aug 2015

California based surfboard maker, E-Tech (Earth Technologies), the number one eco-friendly workshop in Norh America, just produced the most eco friendly SUP to date.

E-Tech uses recycled EPS foam board blanks, Entropy Super Sap bio-resin instead of polyester resin and ampliTex flax cloth instead of fiber glass. A more environmentally friendly and durable SUP which is even more performant than the ones built traditionally . For instance, ampliTex is stronger than glass at equal flexural stiffness, which makes boards lighter and more resistant to surface pressure dents. The unique properties of flax fibres, also make the layup super-damping, saving the leg from fatigue while keeping a really dynamic and lively flex pattern.

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29Jun 2015

DOWN SKIS, is a Europen based company, dedicated to create originally designed high quality freeride and freestyle skis, notably beiing knowed through their distintive carbon layup’s construction.

For 2016 Down has totally redesigned its ski range by incorporating ampliTex flax fibres fabrics within their originally carbon layups. The purpose is to add damping to the carbon fibres, which are stiff but also really vibrating material on the down side, making carbon skis loosing their efficiently and comfort on icy and choppy snow conditions. The ampliTex flax natural fibres increase the damping properties by up to a factor 3, which makes them the best match to carbon layers, in order to keep a smooth ride down the hill, while being lighter than glass at equal flexural stiffness. On top of unique properties, ampliTex flax fabrics are harmless for the workers, coming from a sustainable plant that needs no irrigation, no fertiliser and is free of GMO.

We can say that carbon + ampliTex flax fibres, is the most efficient sandwich layup, as showed in below picture.

 

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