Industrial products from plant fibers: OARDC makes it happen

The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is helping a Columbus, Ohio, company use plant-derived fibers to create a new generation of composite materials that consumers may soon find in their vehicles, houses and many other products — generating new jobs in Ohio.

Working alongside the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), OARDC has partnered with Natural Fiber Composites Corporation (NFCC) to engineer composites from jute, soy hulls, corn and wheat straw, and other plant-based sources instead of materials such as fiberglass. These natural fiber-reinforced composites are being targeted for use in transportation, construction, packaging and industrial products.

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