Fibre-based materials for non-clothing applications
PLA is a biobased and sustainable thermoplastic polymer with good technical performance (good stiffness and strength). Currently, PLA use is limited, eg for packaging applications, for medical applications (e.g. tissue scaffolds, implants and sutures) and to a lesser extent in textile applications (mainly agro textiles).
Hybrid PLA preforms will be made to consist of reinforcement PLA fibres (high melting temperature and high mechanical properties) together with matrix PLA (low melting temperature). These hybrid PLA preforms will be made with different fibre architecture, e.g. chips with short fibres in random orientations, and fabrics with long fibres in controlled orientations.