Alluding to the sustainability debate, which is also very intense in this sector and not always produces unambiguous results in view of its complexity, Andreas Gesswein, CEO of Genesis Display, also Germany, says: “Glass fibre has received some unfair criticism here after manufacturing was done illegally in some parts of the world and at times under disastrous conditions without protecting the employees.” Genesis Display has put the materials and processes to the test in a concerted effort with the Fraunhofer Institute. “In the final analysis these tests confirmed that glass fibre – when properly processed – is still the best composite in combination with organic resin.” Dr. Josef Moch refers to the fact that “fibre glass is completely recyclable now; it is shredded and its granulate used in cement production to improve the ecological footprint.”
Nevertheless, Moch-Figuren is working on “a reduction of material consumption by using higher-quality resins with more elasticity. This makes it possible to reduce wall thicknesses”. Genesis Display produces its mannequins with almost 50% organic resin admixture today. Andreas Gesswein points out: “We were the first producers worldwide to cooperate with DuPont Tate & Lyle BioProducts to use an organic resin from maize plant residuals not fit for animal feed.” Tests have already been carried out and productions run with natural fibres such as coconut, hemp, cotton, sisal, bamboo and flax. “With viscose fibres and recycled polyester fibres as glass fibre alternatives we have produced especially positive results.” At Hans Boodt Mannequins from the Netherlands an organic composite material comprising 53% organic resin and 12% fibre glass is already considered the standard today. In part the fibre glass admixture is replaced by jute and the like here, too.