Sustainable Urban Design:
 Mecelec Composites Designs The First Flax Fiber Roofs For 550 Morris Columns

MAUVES, France— February 3, 2020 — At JEC World 2020, Mecelec Composites is a finalist of the JEC Innovation Awards in the Design & Furniture category. The group announces the launch of a new sustainable development application on the urban design market. Mecelec Composites designed the first mass-produced flax fiber roofs for the 550 Morris columns installed by JCDecaux in Paris. “This is the first application of flax fiber BMC for mass production. The new solution combines all the advantages of composite materials, lightness and strength, with stringent environmental requirements and is adapted to the safety constraints of this kind of street furniture,” said Bénédicte Durand, CEO, Mecelec Composites.

A Composite Roof That Is Both Innovative And Green

The dome of the Morris columns is composed of 23 different parts, 14 of which are made from composite materials. To design the roof, Mecelec Composites developed a new RTM complex and a new BMC material, that is reinforced exclusively with a flax mat. “Today it is the only BMC with a 100-percent flax fiber reinforcement, which uses a partially recycled ABS resin. It was created specifically for this project and we had to work on the processes in order to adapt them to this new material,” explained Bertrand Vieille, head of sales.

In the design, Mecelec Composites replaced the bonding process with a time-saving mechanical assembly process using an invisible fixing system.

An Eco-Friendly Application In Line With The Group’s Eco-Design Csr Approach

Mecelec Composites creates scalable, sustainable and environmentally-friendly street furniture. The Group is committed to developing a sustainable production process and reuses all its waste materials. Mecelec Composites R&D laboratory promotes eco-design with a process of characterization and mechanical sizing of parts. “For this project, we imagined, created, produced and delivered a mass-produced composite application with a low environmental impact within less than a year. At the end of its lifecycle, the product completely breaks down, leaving no fiber residue,” Durand concluded.

Posted February 3, 2020