Developing bio-based materials for renewable cars

The global market for composites in car manufacturing is predicted to reach nearly £20 billion by 2024, but the most popular composites like fibreglass and carbon fibre are non-renewable and energy-intensive to produce. Norwich-based Cellexcel has developed a process to replace these composites with renewable bio-based materials made from a range of cellulose fibres such as flax. The company arises from Ceres Agri-Tech – a partnership led by Cambridge Enterprise (the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge) between five UK universities and three agricultural research institutes – and is a spinout from the University of East Anglia.

Added 10 November 2022