Sunstrand fibers are collected from the inner bark surrounding the core of bast fiber plants such as hemp and kenaf. The fibers are stripped from the core of the plant and processed into groups of single strands. These flexible and resilient fibers have been used for centuries in hundreds of applications. These fibers can be further processed for use in rope, yarn, absorbents, composites, textiles, non-woven/chopped-strand mats, textiles, insulation, and many more.

Combining low density and high strength, the specific properties of Sunstrand’s fibers are similar to glass fiber. Our unique line of Bamboo fiber also has one the lowest densities of all natural fibers.

All natural fibers exhibit lower strength and stiffness properties than glass fibers. However, with densities almost half that of glass, the specific properties are very similar. Moreover, our proprietary fiber extraction process delivers consistent, high-quality fibers at the lowest possible cost.


When increasing the fiber volume ratio to match modulus, natural fiber composites actually have a lower weight than the comparable glass fiber composites. Increases in natural fiber content also have other unique benefits such as increased environmentally friendly content, reduced costs, and tool wear.

 

Major Advantages of Sunstrand Natural Fibers

Feature Advantage Benefit
Rapid production of high-quality fibers Sunstrand’s proprietary manufacturing technology can be reasonably scaled to produce 4000 tons per year Plastics manufacturers are ensured a reliable supply for high volume applications
Improved aesthetic options Natively attractive material with limitless coloring options Increased flexibility in finishing and reduced cost for color treatments
High stiffness properties Capability to match composite stiffness in discontinuous systems Stiffness can be matched to glass composites with reduced weight
Light weight Combined surface treatment to protect fibers, increase fiber matrix adhesion and mitigate water absorption Reduced part weight compared to glass or straight plastic components
Minimal water absorption Combined surface treatment to protect fibers, increase fiber matrix adhesion and mitigate water absorption Composites using Sunstrand fibers can be placed in outside environments dramatically increasing applications
Low Cost Low cost feedstock and processing technology Manufacturers can reduce cost by as much as 10% for comparative parts

Sunstrand Natural Fiber Catalog

Product ID Material Type Feedstock Avg Size  
FK100 Fiber Kenaf 3-4 inch
FK040 Fiber Kenaf 2 inch
FK006 Fiber Kenaf .25 inch Download Technical Data Sheet
FH100 Fiber Hemp 3.5 inch
FH040 Fiber Hemp 2 inch Download Technical Data Sheet
FH006 Fiber Hemp .25 inch Download Technical Data Sheet
FF100 Fiber Flax 3.5 inch
FF040 Fiber Bamboo 3 inch
FF006 Fiber Flax .25 inch
FB100 (limited availability) Fiber Bamboo 3.5 inch
FB030 (limited availability) Fiber Bamboo 2 inch
FB006 Fiber Bamboo .25 inch Download Technical Data Sheet