While SO.F.TER’s natural fiber reinforced compounds are not new—this is the third year that the company is showcasing these products—they are, say the company, entering a new phase. “Before, we were in the development phase,” said a spokesperson at the company’s booth at the Fakuma trade show, which is taking place this week in Friedrichshafen. “Now, we are entering the industrialization stage.”
Italy-based SO.F.TER Group is one of the largest independent compounders worldwide, with a product range extending from thermoplastic elastomers to engineering plastics. The company has developed its Polifor NF product line, based on polypropylene reinforced with natural fibers, in close collaboration with a Tier 1 supplier working with an automotive company, who was interested in the benefits natural fibers could offer.