Lingrove is a material and design firm focused on plant based fibers and resins. Our signature Ekoa® composite is an elegant and Earth-friendly solution for demanding applications. A familiar natural grain finish adds timeless style to your application. Yet the benefits are more than skin deep with lighter-than-carbon fibers of superlative strength and damping properties. Go natural. Create better products.

 
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EKOA
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1. Natural flax linen fiber pre-impregnated (prepreg) with post-industry, plant-based resin. 'Prepregs' are a class of heat-cured materials generally stored in a freezer to promote shelf life.

2. Lingrove's signature product allows for complex curves with 3D linear grain with a natural finish quality and customizable color, opacity and fiber orientation. High performance Ekoa prepregs are US made. 

 
 
 
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ECOLOGICAL

Like all composites, Ekoa is made of fabric + resin, BUT is plant-based rather than from fossil fuels. CO2 negative fiber and eco-resin is worker and planet friendly. Learn More

 
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VIBRATION DAMPING

Natural damping enhances product feel by absorbing higher frequency vibrations. Low density Ekoa offers 3x the vibration damping of glass and 20% more than carbon.

 
 
 
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LIGHTWEIGHT

Our natural composites are 15% lower density than carbon fiber. Ekoa's stiffness-to-weight ratio surpasses aerospace fiberglass (E-glass) perfect for most demanding applications.

 
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PERFORMANCE

Ekoa may look like wood but it offers a rare blend of high performance and aesthetics resulting in simply better products that are stronger, lighter and with a better feel.

 
 

Click to download a PDF for our Pre-Preg products.

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EKOATAPE + WHITE SUBSTRATE

Ekoa is slightly translucent allowing for a wide range of finish options by either lightening or darkening the substrate. With an Ekoa/carbon fiber ‘hybrid’ layup, the workpiece has a dark hardwood Ekoa look plus the added rigidity of carbon fiber. Finishes can be further dialed in via fiber orientation, as well as resin tinting and fiber dye for larger orders.

 

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EKOA + CARBON FIBER

This dragon boat paddle sports an Ekoa layer over carbon fiber with a dark natural finish. It is completed with some variety of the dark carbon fibers showing through the lighter and slightly translucent Ekoa. This is the perfect example of Ekoa replacing the typical carbon fiber woven look for a natural look with greater vibration damping and no compromise in performance. 

 

 
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MOLD COMPLEX SHAPES

For the first time, composites parts enter the realm of designer materials with an authentic natural grain look made from long flax linen fibers. Three-dimensional Ekoa parts offer a sculpted natural look while two-dimensional panels the feel of a wood panel—all this, with the environmental stability and stiffness-to-weight only composites can offer.

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COLOR

We are able to dye linen fibers in a myriad colors. Our highly customizable material allows for a wide variety of finishes from traditional natural grain to entirely new look. The material can be dyed darker than natural tan, but not lighter—so black works better than white for instance. Dyed fiber offer a visual depth not achievable with painted laminates. Dye is offered for large orders.

 

El Capitan may look like a 100 year old guitar, but upon closer inspection it is actually made using various Ekoa 'prepreg' fabrics. This is the first concert-grade guitar made with the revolutionary wood-free construction. Lingrove® Ekoa advantage: Stability with a vintage instrument sound, look, and feel. Applicable products: P-UD 3.2, P-SU 8.1, and P-SX 10.3