NATEX is a collaborative project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme.The project involves 17 partners from 8 European countries and has a total value of € 5M.
The project runs from 2008 - 2012.
What is NATEX?
NATEX, as the name suggests - Natural Aligned Fibres and Textiles for Use in Structural Composites Applications - is a European Research & Development funded project which aims at developing aligned textiles from natural fibres that are suitable for use as high-strength reinforcing fabrics to produce structural composite materials and components.
The new products – based on natural resources – will be able to compete and offer alternatives in applications where materials from non renewable resources are used nowadays.
NATEX is a holistic, integrated and multidisciplinary approach!
Whyholistic? The project will analyse the nature of natural fibre processing from all points of view.
Why integrated? Because the different innovations proposed to improve the performance of the natural fibres will be treated as a whole in a continuous feed-back between the different partners in the project. Knowledge and expertise from industrial companies, technological institutes and universities will be working together across Europe.
Why multidisciplinary? The partners involved in the project have the knowledge that biocomposite production chain involves. There are biologists, physicists, chemists and engineering scientists, from universities, technological centers and companies who provide different skills and expertise from fibre processing to composites processing and parts manufacture to make NATEX a reality.