Volvo invests in Bcomp’s flax fiber materials for future car interiors
Written by Kfir Kedem – April 18, 2022
Edited by Asaf Kedem
When was the last time that we talked about innovations coming from Switzerland? Must have been when EasyMile’s autonomous vehicle successfully drove a Schaffhausen bus route for over two years. But the country does have more innovations to offer the automotive industry. Bcomp’s material creation is one of them.
Bcomp creates lightweight materials that are sustainable and are for high-performance purposes. The Volvo Group has made an investment in the Swiss company and is planning to dress its cars’ interiors with innovative materials. Made of flax, the interiors would be robust, light-weight, and cost less energy to produce.
Flax is a productive plant, it provides us with flaxseed, linseed oil, and its fibers are used for creating linen. Flax fibers may have been used as a textile as far back as 30,000 years ago, so this is a really old material for a new solution!
Auto Trendy’s take:
Bcomp is providing a new solution to the market that is beneficial to the environment and keeps the user feeling satisfied. Gaining investment from a company as large as Volvo shows that Bcomp’s material possibly has a very real future in our industry. It would be interesting to see which companies follow and sell interiors with such materials.