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Zoltek, headquartered in Missouri, USA, has announced an increase in carbon fibre production capacity at its facility located in Nyergesújfalu, Hungary.
Zoltek will increase the Hungarian plant’s production capacity by 50% to 15,000 tons annually. This will increase the company’s global production capacity of its PX35 carbon fibre to a total of 25,000 tons produced on an annual basis with production beginning in 2020.
Currently, Zoltek produces just one type of 50K carbon fibre at plants in both Hungary and Mexico. This fibre is designed for large scale commercial applications such as those in the wind energy and automotive industries.
“We continue to see an increase in demand for wind turbine blades, as well as automotive structural applications,” reports Yoshihiro Takeuchi, CEO, COO and President of Zoltek. “By expanding our production, we are preparing capacity for expected demand from the wind energy and automotive industries.”
PX35 carbon fibre can be found on a number of vehicles currently in production, including the Cadillac ATS/CTS and Audi A8. An expansion of this scale will lay the foundation for future expected growth in automotive.
This expansion will cost approximately US$130 million and will generate approximately 350 jobs in Hungary.
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