Prospects for flax and basalt fiber in yacht-building

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New flax and basalt-based structural materials for yacht-building are being developed and implemented in line with engine evolution, shift to solar, electric and hydrogen propulsion systems instead of fossil fuels. Eco-friendly and easy-to-recycle materials and technologies in the yacht-building set new trends in the industry development.

These projects’ importance and feasibility as well as their impact on the global ecology will be the main topic to be discussed at the Construction Material Pavilion Round Table Sessions as part of the METSTRADE Show 2020.

The world’s largest trade show of boat building and marine equipment will run from 17 to 19 November 2020 in the RAI Amsterdam.

The trade show is comprised by 3 principal themes: Yachts and Composites, Superyachts, Marinas. In addition, there will be an awarding ceremony for the winners of IBEX Innovation Awards, DAME Design Award and Boat Builder Awards in the following categories:

  • Environmental Initiative
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Rising Star
  • Exceptional Commercial Achievement in an Unprecedented Year
  • Community Support Initiative

Flax and basalt fiber in the yacht-building is not a new topic to discuss at this event since it is a logical follow-up to the discussion started during the previous trade show where Amer Yachts, TYNC Design, Greenboats and Baltic Yachts (a winner of DAME Design Award 2019) showcased their projects.

This year’s sustainability panel will feature James Starkey, Project Manager from Norco Composites, which has become a major supplier of innovative basalt and flax fiber laminate, recycled PET and bio-based epoxy matrix for the Pulse58 electric boat. A new project presented by the UK-located RS Electric Boats was released at Boot Dusseldorf 2020.

The marine industry is trailing behind the automotive in terms of sustainable solutions for propulsion systems and structural materials. However, environmental trends and gradual legislative changes are driving a shift in approaches to shipbuilding.

Ship-builders and designers worldwide are involved in the development of new products using lightweight, durable and recyclable basalt fiber. At their shipyard, Windelo gets the idea of catamarans built with biosourced and recyclable materials (basalt fiber and PET foam) and hybrid engines off the ground. A team from Montreal Higher Technological School repeatedly wins the International Submarine Race using Omer – a basalt-fiber submarine.

To showcase new, durable, cost-effective and sustainable materials and solutions that have minimum footprint on the environment during their lifespan – one of the most important tasks for forward-looking shipbuilders, for whom the METSTRADE Show gives its site.

The trade show organizers do their utmost to hold the event in the planned format and at the specified time. Go to the official website to follow changes related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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