Project OLCO

Research and development of a flax fiber tape meeting the needs of the flax-Composite market

The flax fiber slivers currently used on the technical Flax market are the same as those used for the textile market. However, industrialists are more and more demanding as regards to the quality and the reliability of the flax fiber slivers supplies for their use in composite materials.

The aim of the OLCO (Optimization of Flax for COmposite application) project is to develop and improve flax slivers for composite applications. For this purpose it is necessary to work on the technical and economic improvement of the flax growing chain and its transformation. During the project, flax fibers of different maturities will be subjected to different degrees of retting and different processing parameters before being transform into composites. The evaluation of the resulting properties of the composite (mechanical, biochemical …) will determine which path is best suited for composite applications.

This approach can only be of benefit for LSM as well as the Normandy Region since the farmers and the Normandy flax strippers will be directly impacted by the developments of the OLCO project. They will be able to produce a new quality of flax for the composite applications. It is the whole Flax sector in Normandy which will be developed with this project not only in economic terms but also for its national and international standing. It is the image of both a modern and traditional Normandy, developing state-of-the-art technologies which are respectful of the environment.

Duration: 36 months
Budget: 1,953,254.03 €
Subsidy rate FEDER : 44%
Amount FEDER : 859 431.76 €

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