Engineered Fibres Technology to Distribute Spectracarb Carbon

06 May 2005

Spectracorp, Ltd and Engineered Fibres Technology, LLC have signed an exclusive agreement for EFT to manufacture and distribute Spectracarb 2050 Series carbon/carbon gas diffusion electrodes and other Spectracarb products used in fuel cells and other electrochemical applications.

Spectracorp has been researching, developing, and manufacturing carbonaceous components on a laboratory and commercial scale for various electrochemical applications since 1991, and is a materials supplier to government laboratories, universities, and private industry.

Spectracorp Vice-President Patrick Fleming stated ""this agreement with EFT presents a unique opportunity to further materials development in the electrochemical field by combining Spectracorp's established electrode technologies with EFT's engineered materials and non-woven expertise.""

The Spectracarb paper is a graphitized paper made from phenolic resin and short cut carbon fibres, that are first formed into a paper, so the structure is a thin porous carbon/carbon composite with high electrical conductivity, which serves as an electrode. Also in the Spectracarb family are two other products. One is a modification of the above paper (carbon fibre paper) which is used as a surfacing veil. The other is a carbon fibre reinforced conductive moulding compound normally used to mould ""bipolar plates"" in fuel cells, but that can also be used for other conductive applications.

EFT was founded in 1998 with a mission to provide engineered fibres and engineering services to meet specialized technical requirements in short fibre composites, engineered materials, papers, pulp-moulded products and nonwovens. Currently the company supplies a wide range of short cut (0.25 to 25 mm lengths) technical fibres including pitch and PAN based carbon fibres, Ni and Cu clad graphite for electrical conductivity applications, and conducts contract research related to wet-laid carbon fibre and other engineering papers.

""This agreement presents EFT with an excellent opportunity to build on our foundation of engineered materials contract research, wet-laid paper development and specialty short-cut fibres to better serve the electrochemical device market by now being a source for technology, materials and service"", said Robert Evans, Managing Director. ""It brings together unique, but complementary, technologies from both companies and allows EFT to offer a broader base of technology products and services to our customers.""

Spectracorp's product lines include the Spectracarb 2050 series carbon fibre paper based gas diffusion electrodes and backings, the Spectracarb 1000 series carbon fibre paper surface veils and backings, and the Spectracarb 550 series bipolar plate moulding compound.

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