Plantain fibres could help build stronger and lighter cars


Automakers have been using natural fibres for certain automotive parts for decades, including incorporating hemp, sisal and wood into materials for insulation, interior panelling and internal engine covers for luxury vehicles.

Researchers from the University of Johannesburg have now demonstrated that plantain, a starchy type of banana, is a promising source for an emerging type of composite materials for the automotive industry.

For the full story, see the September 2020 edition of MobileTex. Not a subscriber? Sign up HERE