Biomaterials for Industrial and Technical Applications

Our domestically sourced materials and innovative processing – as America’s ONLY major industrial decorticator – is helping manufacturers create high performing and sustainable products where replacing plastic and glass fibers was never before thought possible.

Sunstrand’s products and operations have been designed to deliver consistent, high quality materials compatible with a large number of applications and a particular emphasis on providing bulk feedstocks for the plastics, polymer composites and non-woven manufacturing industries.

Media

Composites World: Sizing Up Natural Fibers

Bio-fibers are hydrophilic and tend to bond poorly with polymers. Sundstrand’s (Louisville, KY, US) tells CW what’s done to improve bio-fiber/polymer adhesion.

A bio-fiber’s status as “natural,” as opposed to synthetic, has consequences. The two of most concern to composites manufacturers are its hydrophilic nature, and its poor bonding properties with […]

Composites World: Natural fiber composites: Market share, one part at a time

New suppliers and adventurous composites fabricators put the feel good aspect in the rearview mirror, winning customers by competing on price and performance.

With decades of development work behind it, the natural fibers industry is maturing. Indeed, it appears to be on the verge of leveraging the products’ numerous cost, performance […]

Louisville Courier-Journal: A Growing Opportunity

Support for hemp in Ky. led company to locate in Louisville

Kentucky’s foray into industrial hemp has fueled a Louisville startup which is betting that natural fibers someday will become a key ingredient in hundreds of American-made products — furnace filters, kayaks, skis, even coffee mugs.

Sunstrand was launched by Oldham County […]

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Describe your company:

Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we […]

Bamboo

Bamboo

A woody perennial grass requiring almost no pesticides, fertilizers or additional watering, bamboo cane can grow and be harvested without the need to be replanted.

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Hemp

Hemp

With the profile of Hemp on the rise in the U.S., the oldest multipurpose bast fiber plant is gaining a large amount of interest in the composite industry.

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Flax

Flax

Taking only 100 days to grow in a normal growing season, flax fiber is the original natural fiber being used in composites for Linens and food applications.

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Kenaf

Kenaf

Another bast fiber readily available for non-woven composite applications. Grown in Southeast Asia and considered one of the most versatile fibers being produced.

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Other Materials

Other Materials

Sunstrand can import and process other specialty fibers such as jute or work to upgrade a variety of biomaterials for technical applications.

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Developed by composite engineers and material scientists with attention to detail and rigorous mechanical testing. Sunstrand products and processes have been designed to deliver consistent, high quality fibers that are compatible with typical composite manufacturing processes.

Products

Sunstrand fibers are compatible with thermoset and thermoplastic sheet and bulk molding compounds, as well as infusion processes. Our goal is to provide products that are drop-in replacements for glass fibers.

Services

Sunstrand is dedicated to providing tailored solutions for our customers. Contact us to work on a product that fits your needs.

Materials Characterization

These are just a few of the many industry segments that can utilize natural fibers.