LIGHTER WEIGHT, HIGHER STRENGTH, RECYCLABLE PANELS FOR AUTO INTERIORS
The auto industry uses resin infused glass or natural fiber composite (NFC) prepregs to mold 3D interior trim components such as door panels, seat backs and package trays.
INCA has developed a new methodology to produce prepregs from a multi-layered mat of hemp and polypropylene fiber. The product reduces the amount of resin required, reducing weight, lowering costs and improving strength. INCA will be the first company to be able to recycle these parts back into new products on its own production line.
INCA is engaged in a joint development agreement with Toyota North America to commercialize this product for their electric vehicle program.
INCA PrePregs™ LifeCycle Analysis
less carbon emissions
less waste production
less water consumption
INCA PREPREGS™ VS. NFC NON-WOVENS
We are very close to finally put into production a North American grown natural fiber product...
“I have received the latest level of materials that were designed to our specific asks. It appears that these novel hemp fiber-based materials have the potential to deliver as promised; lighter, stronger, and more sustainable interior trim components. We are excited as we are very close being able to finally put into production a North American grown natural fiber product.”
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Research & Development
Protects our land and marine ecosystems
By Camille Saltman, Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer, INCA Renewtech
Powerful market forces are leading industry to adopt more environmentally friendly, domestically sourced materials in their products. These include government regulations to reduce plastics pollution, sequester carbon, and achieve higher lifecycle …