The fiber, which is native to the Philippines, is known for its use in the production of handbags, carpets, ropes and furnishings.
The fiber, which is native to the Philippines, is known for its use in the production of handbags, carpets, ropes and furnishings.

East Asia Composites (EAC) has made structural composite panels for a significant architectural roofing project which incorporate natural fibers.  

The company used an organic textile to create a translucent panel that would blend in with the lush habitat surrounding the project site.
 
The fiber, which is native to the Philippines, is known for its use in the production of handbags, carpets, ropes and furnishings. When incorporated into composite panels it produces an organic and textured appearance.
 
According to EAC, the organic fiber panel system that can be used in structural or non-structural applications in internal and external environments. The system has been through a range of testing including UV and various strength testing to satisfy building code requirements.
 
The panels have been erected into position on a 16 m high, 40 m diameter composite roof structure that has been manufactured and assembled completely at the EAC facility and then dismantled for transport to the project site.

This story is reprinted from material from East Asia Composites with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.