From Farm to Freeway: Alberta Company Creates Car Parts out of Hemp, Flax, Wood

The lightweight panels are already being tested in a few high-end cars, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz.

With a little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity, a new Alberta business is churning out biodegradable auto parts made from wood, hemp and flax.

The BioComposites Group plant, located on Drayton Valley's Bio-Mile, uses a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process to make door panels, kick pads, cup holders and dashboard panels. 

"We take waste wood fibre and waste agricultural fibers, and then needle them together with a process that creates a mat that is used for interior panels," said Dan Madlung, CEO and co-owner of BioComposites Group.

The lightweight panels are then shipped to the United States, where they are pressed then passed along the manufacturers.  

Madlung, along with his wife and business partner, Brenda, have been up and running now for more than a year.

The panels are already being tested in a few high-end cars,...

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