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Kordsa Expands its advanced materials capabilities into biocomposites

Kordsa Turkiye, a global player in the tyre, construction reinforcement and composites technologies markets, announced that it has invested in BPREG, a company developing industrial biocomposites using organic fibers. This investment, a testament to its sustainability approach, aims to extend Kordsa’s pioneership in advanced materials to the biocomposite market, offering environmentally friendly alternatives to its customers.

Kordsa, a subsidiary of Sabancı Holding, has successfully concluded a significant investment aimed at further enhancing its expertise in composite technologies. Kordsa invested in BPREG, a Turkey-based sustainable advanced materials company established in 2017, specializing in natural fiber-reinforced industrial biocomposites and providing eco-friendly alternatives to synthetic composites.

Kordsa production facilities, capable of hosting BPREG’s mass production processes, will enable the global offering of BPREG’s product portfolio to Kordsa’s customers in various parts of the world. BPREG’s biocomposite solutions, spanning different sectors such as automotive, mobility, aviation, sports equipment, and consumer products, will not only reduce the carbon footprint in product/part manufacturing but also provide high performance and lightweighting, accelerating the transition to sustainable materials. The biocomposite materials produced through the BPREG & Kordsa collaboration also promise a natural appearance, making them suitable for aesthetic applications on external surfaces.

BPREG combines products obtained from organic fibers with different polymers through a patented production technique, resulting in high-performance, sustainable, and industrially user-friendly composite materials. BPREG’s biocomposite materials find applications across a wide range of industries such as automotive, yachts, marine vehicles, sports equipment, aviation, and consumer products.

Organic fibers are highly suitable for biocomposites due to their versatile farming and robust products. Organic fibers not only absorb carbon from the air and convert it into oxygen but are also highly suitable for drought-resistant crops. Industrial biocomposites derived from organic fibers used for non-food consumption show similar performance in terms of lightweight and mechanical properties compared to synthetic composites, but with much lower carbon emissions compared to these products. Recently, biocomposite technologies, attracting attention from globally renowned companies in various industries, especially automotive, are expected to be one of the rapidly growing and successful sectors in the coming years.