Zoltek Companies will begin a large scale capacity expansion of carbon fibre production in its Mexico facility starting in 2017.
According to Zoltek, this added capacity will effectively double Mexico’s capacity to more than 10,000 tons of carbon fibre per year. This expansion project, together with existing carbon fibre capacity at the Hungary facility, will grow Zoltek’s total global capacity to more than 20,000 tons per year.
Zoltek says its PX35 industrial grade carbon fibre, with its balance of cost and performance, has become the standard commercial carbon fibre material of choice across various industries. By utilising an abundant textile-based precursor and employing a proprietary high throughput carbonisation process, Zoltek PX35 remains the lowest cost carbon fibre on the market.
Rapidly growing demand for industrial grade carbon fibre for use in wind, automotive, and other commercial applications is a key driver in the decision to expand. “It is clear that the utilisation of Zoltek’s carbon fibre is on the rise across a variety of industries, in particular, for automotive and wind energy applications,” explained Yoshihiro Takeuchi, President and CEO of Zoltek. He continued, “A key part of the Zoltek strategy is to maintain supply availability for commercial markets. This latest capacity expansion will support this strategy as we see continued demand growth in our major markets.”
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