A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF NATURAL FIBER REINFORCED FOR AN INTERIOR ELECTRIC CAR
Keywords:natural fiber, car interior, value chain, economic, sustainable manufacturing
AbstractThe environmental awareness and sustainable manufacturing trend have replaced polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and fiberglass with natural fiber reinforced composite for a car interior. This paper aims to point out the natural fiber opportunity in developed country market with many car manufactory. The use of natural fiber as textile, rope, and food in developing countries can be shifted to car interior that has higher added value. This paper will also provide the market trend for natural fiber reinforced car interior, material comparison to show the characteristic and mechanical properties for each material, and analyze the value chain of car interior manufacturing. We also discussed the economic advantage and competitiveness of natural fiber composite for car interior manufactory in the form of sheet molding composite (SMC) compared to conventional material like fiberglass reinforced SMC. From these studies, it can be suggested to produce natural fiber reinforced composite for car interior with further development in order to increase the durability of the composite.
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