Novel discovery in the composites field
Jute is classified as one of the bast fibres. It is natural and sustainable, used for innovative nowadays applications. In general jute is used for packaging material and it is the most important natural fabric in the entire world market besides cotton. Now it is also a part of product development at Bcomp and it is used as a natural fibre reinforcement material for all kinds of applications.
Ancient Asian plant meets Western technologies
Cultivation of jute mostly takes place in Asia - Bangladesh and India being the two main countries of distribution. Subtropical climate with rain-fed, hot humidity creates perfect conditions for the flourishing of the jute. Based on the local knowledge and long, historical use as a basic resource, jute fibres are rediscovered in the composite industry now. Associations in Bangladesh take advantage of expertise and availability to develop and promote technical solutions with jute fibres. Mechanical properties of jute and flax fibres are shown below. With weight advantages and a density of 1.3-1.5 g/cm³ jute becomes a serious alternative to glass fibres.
Environmental advantage of jute
Earlier, the environmentally harmful aspect of jute had put a big disadvantage to the fibres. Textile industry used batching oil to make it easier to process. Luckily, nowadays modern technologies allow batching oil to be avoided, which enables a clean process chain.
From an ecological point of view, jute is an environmentally friendly material. Like all natural fibres jute is also a renewable resource. Carbon footprint of jute fibres is calculated at 766 kg CO2 equivalents per ton including transport. If only cultivation, harvesting and fibre processing in Asia are taken into account, carbon footprint is at 573 kg CO2 equivalents per ton. This seriously challenges flax fibres with carbon footprint of 798 kg CO2 equivalents per ton.
Jute - perfect for Bcomp
Bcomp has therefore found a perfect solution to support local markets with materials in Asia. Jute is a locally grown, environmental friendly fibre used for our technologies.
In addition to that, supporting jute fabrication in Bangladesh helps improving the country’s socio-economic situation. Providing employment to millions of people in a developing country and preserving precious knowledge of a historical resource make jute fibres even more attractive to Bcomp and all our customers.