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26.11.2013Biocomposites: 350,000 t production of wood and natural fibre composites in the European Union in 2012
The most important application sectors are construction (decking, siding and fencing) and automotive interior parts. Between 10 – 15 % of the total European composite market is covered by Wood-Plastic Composites (WPC) and Natural Fibre Composites (NFC). The study was conducted by the nova-Institute (Germany) in cooperation with Asta Eder Composite Consulting (Austria/Finland)

First presentation of the results at the biggest WPC event in Europe, “Fifth German WPC-Conference”, 10 and 11 December 2013, Cologne.

The market report gives the first comprehensive and detailed picture of the use and amount of wood and natural fibre reinforced composites in the European bio-based economy. The analysis covers natural fibre as well as wood-plastic composites in extrusion, injection and compression moulding in different branches and applications.

To achieve a reliable base of data, the study draws from a survey conducted in 2013 among the WPC and NFC industry, producers and customers. The rate of return was exceptionally high, especially for the WPC part of the study, more than 50% of the extruded volume produced took part in the survey – that means the study covers about 65 European WPC extruding companies in 21 countries.