Natural fiber composites have been mainly applied for industrial textile products. The construction industry took more than half the market share in 2015, including the production of decking, railing, window and frames. The automotive industry, the second largest consuming segment of fibers in making door panels, seat backs and dash boards, has benefited in the reduction of CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency. Natural fiber composites have also been widely applied in electronics and sporting goods, because of lightweight and some unique mechanical properties1.
In the US natural fiber composite market, wood is the dominant raw material and the consumption of other plants like flax, both kenaf and hemp are predicted to grow in the coming years because of environmental benefits.