The flax lab - Safilin

The Flax Lab

If innovation was not our DNA, Safilin would not be what it is today. Since 200 years, we know that if we don't move foward, we decline... Our research activity is based on three major pillars: We are attentive. We anticipate. And we develop partnerships.

TEXTILE INNOVATIONS

INNOVATIONS TEXTILES

TEXTILE INNOVATIONS

With over 100 years of experience, our priority for innovation is key for adapting to market developments and to our clients' evolution. In an ancestral industry such as textile, there are always solutions to invent, as shown by our yarn innovations signed "Flax Lab".

OUR SPECIAL KNITTING YARN - LINEN FIBERS FOR KNITTERS

Our special knitting yarn is one of our Flax Lab's most important innovations: a yarn with unique performance and yield amongst linen solutions.

It can be used for flat and circular knitting, creating a light, comfortable fabric which combines the cool property of linen and the noncreasing property of knitted material.

LGAMILYS YARN BY SAFILIN: LINEN FIBER FOR FURNISHINGS

NOTRE FIL LGAMILYS

LGAMILYS YARN BY SAFILIN: LINEN FIBER FOR FURNISHINGS

Specially developed for the furnishing sector and demanding customers, the 80/20 LGAMILYS yarn combines the strength of linen with the endurance of polyamide. It is ideal for technical applications where durability is a priority and improves the abrasion resistance of your furnishing fabrics by up to 300%.

STRETCH LINEN YARN: LINEN FIBER IN DENIM AND FASHION INDUSTRY

NOTRE FIL LIN STRETCH

STRETCH LINEN YARN: LINEN FIBER IN DENIM AND FASHION INDUSTRY

The latest arrival in the SAFILIN range, our stretch linen yarn was developed in Italy with the company ELASTEN to meet strategic innovations in the use of linen for denim. This unique yarn is the result of an innovative patented process which opens the thread to incorporate elastane.

Compatible with all our yarns, it can be customized. This innovative process guarantees a more resistant and longer lasting yarn. We are currently working on many inventions for the future textile industry..

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COMPOSITE INNOVATIONS

COMPOSITE INNOVATIONS

Our R&D laboratory constantly studies flax fibers and their unique properties, such as reinforcement for composite materials.

Composite materials have a wide range of applications:

Wind energy

Transport

Sports & leisure

Construction

Wind energy

Wind energy

Sports & leisure

Sports & leisure

Furniture

Furniture

Music

Music

TECHNICAL

LOW DENSITY
40% less than fibreglass

HIGH SPECIFIC STIFFNESS AND RESISTANCE
Up to 30% more specific stiffness than glass

FLEXION PROPERTIES
Linen has unique flexion properties compared with glass and carbon reinforced composites: greater flexion hence less likely to break

VIBRATION DUMPING
Up to twice as absorbent compared to glass and three-times more to carbon*.
*based on the result of flax epoxy composite exposed to frequency of 1Hz at 25°c

TEMPERATURE INSULATION
15 to 30% better insulation compared to glass

SOUND INSULATION
Up to 15% better absorption compared to glass*.
*based on flax epoxy composite

ELECTROMAGNETIC TRANSPARENCY
15% less permittivity for 17% signal attenuation and 10% more velocity than glass composites.

Process

Compatible with technical and composite textile processes

Drapability

Harmless for working health

Reduced wear on machining and productin tools

Very low impact on the environment

100% biodegradable

New design aspect

OTHER

We have many projects underway: internally with the constant improvement and development of our products; and in partnership with the automotive, rail and wind turbine industries, just to mention a few.

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SUCESS STORIES

EXEMPLES DE RÉALISATIONS

SUCESS STORIES

CULTURE IN: FLAX FIBER SERVING INTERIOR DESIGN!

We are partners with the company CULTURE IN, a French startup which created VARIAN®.

Between texture and structure, VARIAN® is a rigid impregnated fabric which is customisable, easy and ready to use, and entirely bio-based. A real textile sheet made of flax, it combines technical sophistication and aesthetics for the eco-design, layout and decoration of healthy and elegant living spaces.

VARIAN®meets the requirements of the industrial sector, combining comfort and technical performance with respect for the environment for living spaces for boats, planes and trains.

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THE INNOBAT PROJECT: FLAX FIBERS SERVING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Le projet INNOBAT

THE INNOBAT PROJECT: FLAX FIBERS SERVING SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

Safilin worked with INNOBAT, a startup in the French department of Hérault which developed a biomaterial for the fabrication of frames using the pultrusion process for the reinforcement of window profiles.

With interesting qualities, such as the same insulation capacity as PVC, the same mechanical resistance as aluminium and fully biobased, the products reduces the environment impact.

JEC prizewinner.

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THE KAIROS PROJECT: FLAX FIBERS SERVING BOAT INDUSTRY

Le projet KAIROS

THE KAIROS PROJECT: FLAX FIBERS SERVING BOAT INDUSTRY

Safilin is also part of the adventure led by KAIROS, designer of the Gwalaz concept boat.

KAIROS worked closely with the TRICAT shipyard to build the 23.5 model, launched on 28 May 2013. Laboratory tests with IFREMER Brest, supported by the University of Bretagne Sud, confirmed the possibility to replace standard composites such as fibreglass and PVC core with biobased materials, such as flax fibers, cork, balsa wood and a resin containing 30% plant molecules.

The region of Brittany funded the unique prototype as part of its eco-innovation program. Gwalaz was used by the Breton Lost in the Swell team. After Barravel and Des Ile Usions, Ronan Gladu, Aurélien Jacob and Ewenn Le Goff navigated from island to island exploring new waves, the coastline and meeting local residents.

In 2017, Gwalaz was modified for the addition of the prototype of an innovative propulsion wing for the reduction of fuel by transport craft.

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TECHNICAL INNOVATIONS

Thanks to its unique properties, flax fiber is used in many technical and industrial applications, quite distinct from its traditional use in textiles. We work with our customers constantly to meet their specific requirements. As a result, we develop numerous applications in a range of sectors. Paintable wallcovering, conveyor belts, baking equipment, automotive textiles... just some of the subjects we are investigating.

OUR APPROACH

LISTEN and RESPOND

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OUR APPROACH

LISTEN and RESPOND

We listen and respond to our customer’s requirements:
- An industrial seeking high-quality and reliable fiber with unrivaled flexibility;
- A customer seeking a new material for consumers;
- A manufacturer specialized in cutting edge equipment looking for 100% natural fiber;
- Every project is a challenge

ANTICIPATION

L'anticipation

ANTICIPATION

Meeting existing requirements is important, but we also strive to anticipate future requirements.

Our research center is capable to detect the potential in flax fiber for new, and often unimaginable, applications. Our knowledge base is vast, and we adjust our research with fine precision.

This exclusive expertise is a bonus when it comes to imagining new applications in diverse sectors.

PARTNERSHIPS

Le partenariat

PARTNERSHIPS

At Safilin, we build long-term relationships with our clients, getting involved in ambitious projects. Whether it be as a partner or as a contributor, we put our expertise in complex environments.

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