Project Flower

Flax composites, LOW weight, End of life and Recycling

Specific Objective Innovation
Project Budget €4,631,250
ERDF Amount € 3,129,672
Duration 01/2018 - 04/2022 (51 months)


Led by the Université de Bretagne Sud (University of Southern Brittany), Project Flower will develop new biocomposite materials made from plant fibres for use in the automotive, advertising and yachting industries.

Composite materials used in these industries typically use glass fibres as reinforcements which are costly and have a high environmental impact.

Project will substitute glass fibres for plant fibre reinforcements made from locally sourced linseed, a crop more commonly associated with making linen. The finished product will have a recyclable element, helping to lower the environmental impact compared to other composites.

The project will demonstrate the types of products that can be made with the linseed composites by creating several products including a prototype vehicle roof panel and a high performance hydrofoil sailboat.

The results of the project will be shared with over 200 composite manufacturers in the Channel area to encourage the use and take up of the developed biocomposites.

Lead Partner

Université Bretagne Sud
Morbihan, France

Project Partners

Howa Tramico
Haute-Normandie, France
University of Cambridge
Cambridgeshire, England
Teillage Vandecandelaère
Calvados, France
Finistère, France
University of Portsmouth
Porstmouth, England
Haute-Normandie, France
Institut National pour la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Loire-Atlantique, France