For thousands of years mankind used wood to build houses, wagons, bridges and ships. Other natural fibers like s-flax and hemp were made into ropes, sails and corn sacks. And what exactly does that have to do with compounding? Well, over the last centuries, new applications and technologies have been developed to utilize, process and manipulate these natural fibers. One of those: natural fiber composites. Chemical agents bond natural fibers – everything from flax, hemp, jute, sisal, and cotton, all the way to wood, sawdust and rice husks – with additives into strong composites. These natural fiber composites are elastic and guarantee tensile and impact strength, while still being relatively light in weight. They can be used for various goods, but one of their main application fields are the automotive and aircraft industries. And with that, the circle is complete. What started out with wood wagons ended up in natural fiber composites in the automotive industry.