Borealis Fibremod technology available for N American market; glass and carbon fiber-reinforced polypropylene

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Borealis, a supplier of polyolefin plastic materials for engineering applications in the automotive industry, announced the availability of Fibremod, its innovative carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) technology, for the North American automotive market.

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Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

Revenge of the Electric Car

BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. The actual carbon fibers themselves are fabricated at Moses Lake, after which they’re flown to Germany, where they’re processed into lightweight fabrics in Wackersdorf.

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Toray to supply carbon fiber composite materials for Lilium’s all-electric air vehicle

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Toray Industries concluded an agreement with Lilium GmbH to supply carbon fiber composite materials for the Lilium Jet. The aircraft’s primary structures, such as the fuselage, wings and flaps will all be made from carbon fiber. Lilium is spearheading the quest to manufacture air vehicle and develop and commercialize services. Carbon fiber composite materials are needed to lighten such vehicles as the Lilium Jet.

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New IACMI collaboration to develop advanced carbon fiber for hydrogen, natural gas storage tanks; $2.7M DOE award

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) will receive $2.7 million from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and validate technology that will reduce the cost of manufacturing high-performance carbon fiber by 25% to make composite natural gas or hydrogen fuel tanks to power cars and trucks. Significant cost reduction is especially difficult for the type of carbon fiber used in CSG tanks and this project addresses that challenge.

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Study links carbon fiber microstructure to Li insertion mechanism in structural batteries

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Carbon fibers have already beeen demonstrated as high-capacity Li-ion battery anodes, opening the way for their use as structural electrodes—i.e., Now, researchers led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have linked the carbon fiber (CF) microstructure to the lithium insertion mechanism and the resulting electrochemical capacity. The researchers studied the microstructure of different types of commercially available carbon fibers.

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LeMond Carbon obtains independent verification of its carbon fiber rapid oxidation technology

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LeMond Carbon announced the results of an independent technical audit conducted by Bureau Veritas (BV) of its carbon fiber manufacturing process. The audit was conducted on a pilot line at Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong, Australia. The total oxidation time and material properties verified by BV support LeMond’s claims to lower costs and significantly increased output versus traditional carbon fiber technology.

CSIRO produces Australia’s first home-grown carbon fiber

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CSIRO scientists have produced Australia’s first entirely home-grown carbon fiber, paving the way for Australian industry to mass-produce the next generation materials, used in everything from bicycles and tennis rackets to satellites and fighter planes. Australia’s first carbon fiber was produced using polyacrylonitrile fiber, spun on the joint CSIRO/Deakin University wet spinning line, then carbonized at Deakin’s “Carbon Nexus” facility.

Magna to produce carbon fiber composite body panels

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Magna Exteriors, an operating unit of Magna International, has been awarded new business to supply painted automotive body panels made from carbon fiber composite material for two 2016 model-year vehicles. Magna Exteriors has successfully advanced its capabilities to now produce class-A carbon fiber composite body panels at the production rates needed for the automotive industry.

CarboSax: new joint venture for more sustainable carbon fiber production forms in Germany

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PD Glasseiden, a Germany-based producer of fiberglass; European Carbon Fiber GmbH; and the ForschungsCampus Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V., established under the auspices of the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Vehicle Technology at the TU Braunschweig and Volkswagen AG have formed a joint venture— CarboSax GmbH —to pursue developing, manufacturing and distributing more sustainable carbon fibers in Germany.

BMW and SGL to triple production capacity at Moses Lake carbon fiber plant with $200M expansion; world’s largest carbon fiber plant

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A production line for carbon fiber takes the PAN precursor through two stages (stabilization/oxidation and carbonization) and then to winding. Due to the high demand for carbon fiber in automotive production, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers , a joint venture between the BMW Group and the SGL Group, will triple the capacity of the carbon fiber plant in Moses Lake, Washington. 3,000 tons of carbon fiber.

DOE to award up to $12M for technologies to produce renewable carbon fiber from biomass

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award ( DE-FOA-0000996 ) up to $12 million in funding to advance the development of a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. Carbon fiber composites are lightweight, yet strong, materials that can greatly improve vehicle fuel efficiency when incorporated into structural and non-structural components.

ORNL seeking US manufacturers to license new carbon fiber process; reduces cost up to 50% and energy up to 60%

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50% and the energy used in its production by more than 60%. After extensive analysis and successful prototyping by industrial partners, ORNL is making the new process available for licensing. Reduction in energy consumption in manufacturing will enable earlier net energy payback—i.e.,

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PNNL leads team to accelerate development of affordable carbon fiber composites

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with experts from industry and academia, have developed predictive engineering tools for designing new, economical, and lightweight automotive composites. This approach should speed the development of more economical carbon fiber materials. While stronger and lighter than steel, carbon fiber composites are relatively expensive.

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile; carbon fibers from renewable biomass

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Acrylonitrile, a petroleum-derived commodity chemical, is one of the most widely used monomers in the chemical industry with many commercial applications. Today, acrylonitrile is used in the production of acrylic fibers for carpets, clothes, and fabrics, and in plastics such as food containers, and packaging materials. Acrylonitrile is produced today industrially via an energy-intensive and chemically hazardous process.

IACMI, DuPont and Purdue partner on automotive carbon-fiber composites

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI , in partnership with DuPont Performance Materials, Fibrtec Inc. and Purdue University, has launched the first project selected with a dual focus on decreasing the cost of manufacture and increasing design flexibility for automotive composites. The final component will benefit from increased production speeds of the tow manufacturing process and the fabric forming process resulting in a lower cost of manufacture.

Mitsubishi Rayon acquires majority of carbon fiber reinforced plastics company Wethje; targeting auto industry

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MRC) recently executed a share sales and purchase agreement by which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH , a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications, from Wethje parent Cross Industries AG. MRC aims to strengthen and expand the carbon fiber intermediate materials business for automobile applications in Europe. Mitsubishi Rayon Co.

Ford, DowAksa jointly to develop carbon fiber for high-volume automotive light-weighting applications

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Ford and DowAksa signed a joint development agreement (JDA) formally to advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter. will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford’s expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing.

DOE issues RFI on renewable carbon fibers; biomass-derived acrylonitrile

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) ( DE-FOA-0000975 ) regarding the state of technology development and commercial readiness of emerging renewable carbon fiber (RCF) technologies. While carbon fibers are manufactured commercially using petroleum-derived acrylonitrile (ACN), there are emerging technology pathways to biomass-derived acrylonitrile (bio-ACN) that may offer a cost competitive and potentially high performance alternative.

Report: BMW and SGL to invest €100M to double automotive carbon fiber production

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Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that BMW and partner SGL will invest more than €100 million ($137 million) to double their joint production of carbon fiber to 6,000 metric tons a year from 3,000 tons a year now. In addition to meeting demand from the i3 and i8, the carbon fiber will also be used in new 7 series in 2015, according to the report. In 2011, SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers officially opened its new carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA.

SoCalGas, partners developing technology to make carbon fiber during hydrogen production from methane; reducing the cost of H2 and cutting GHG

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SoCalGas) is partnering with a development team to advance a new process that converts natural gas to hydrogen, carbon fiber, and carbon nanotubes. This technology takes methane, turns it into a zero-emission automotive fuel—hydrogen—then uses the carbon captured in the process to make the strongest possible materials to be used in high-tech manufacturing. Southern California Gas Co.

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Toyota using Mitsubishi Rayon’s carbon fiber SMC for hatch door frame of new Prius PHV

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Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) (which is now consolidated into Mitsubishi Chemical , along with Mitsubishi Plastis and the former Mitsubishi Chemical) recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for the rear hatch frame of the new Toyota Prius PHV. SMC is a form of thermoset chopped fiber composite; glass fiber reinforced SMC is already commonly in use in the automotive industry.

Gurit wins multi-annual automotive supply contract for carbon fiber body panels

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Gurit, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of advanced composites and technologies, has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a total contract value of more than CHF 30 million (US$34.2 Starting in the fourth quarter of 2015, the new project features industrial production of exterior Class-A carbon body panel parts utilizing both Gurit’s existing open mold manual and its new proprietary and patented advanced press technology.

Toray to expand carbon fiber supply to Boeing in $8.6B deal

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Japan-based Toray Industries, Inc. has agreed in principle to supply carbon fiber TORAYCA prepreg for the production of the new 777X aircraft by The Boeing Company. TORAYCA Prepreg is an intermediate TORAYCA product supplied in sheets consisting of resin-impregnated carbon fiber. The company is currently constructing a plant dedicated for manufacturing the main wings using carbon fiber composite material within the premises of its Everett, Washington plant.

SGL Group and BASF conclude joint research of innovative polyamide-carbon-fiber composite system; transfer into automotive applications under way

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On the basis of the now-complete material research, the transfer of the special systems made from carbon fibers and matrices into specific applications of customers in the automotive industry is now under way. The system aims at enhancing the cost-effectiveness of manufacturing thermoplastic carbon-fiber composites, for example in injection procedures (T-RTM: thermoplastic resin transfer molding) and reaction injection molding.

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Hexcel to invest $250M in new carbon fiber plant in France; capacity expansions at nearby weaving and prepreg facilities

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Hexcel Corporation will invest $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussilon, France. The new carbon fiber facility will occupy a 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon and will incorporate both polymerization and carbonization lines. Carbon fiber from the new plant will be supplied to Hexcel customers including Airbus for the A350 XWB and Safran for the CFM LEAP engine.

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IACMI launches project to optimize resins and sizings for vinyl ester / carbon fiber composites; targeting automotive adoption

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The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), a Manufacturing USA institute driven by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the US Department of Energy, in partnership with Ashland, Zoltek, Michelman, University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), JobsOhio, and Michigan State University (MSU) has launched a project focused on the optimization of vinyl ester resins and fiber sizings for the fabrication of carbon fiber composites.

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ORNL exclusively licenses plasma processing technology for carbon fiber production to RMX Technologies; 75% less energy, 20% lower cost

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RMX Technologies and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that significantly reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber. Combing these benefits with a low-cost precursor currently in development, the result can be a carbon fiber product that is 40% less expensive to manufacture than current commercial products. Overview of carbon fiber production.

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Continental Structural Plastics and Mitsubishi Rayon exploring joint venture for carbon fiber automotive structural components

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Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC), regarding the development and manufacturing of innovative carbon fiber structural components for the automotive industry in North America. This decklid, featuring a TCA Ultra Lite outer and a carbon fiber resin transfer molded (RTM) inner, weighs 12.11 Also key was reducing the cycle time associated with the use of carbon fiber.

Toray to enter large tow carbon fiber business via $584M acquisition of Zoltec; wind and automotive markets

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Toray Industries, Inc. Zoltek is a large two carbon fiber manufacturer; large tow carbon fiber is carbon fiber with 40,000 or more filaments applied for applications such as wind turbine blades and reinforced plastics compounds, and is produced on modified acrylic staple fiber production lines for textiles. Toray plans to make Zoltek a wholly owned subsidiary in order to enter into large tow carbon fiber business.

SGL Group joint venture receives grant for development of a novel high-performance carbon-fiber precursor

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European Precursor GmbH (EPG), a joint venture between SGL Group and Lenzing Group, received a €1.5-million (US$2.1-million) grant from the Bavaria FIT program under the Bavarian undersecretary of the state of Katja Hessel to fund the development of a novel carbon-fiber precursor with revised properties. Due to their unique properties, carbon fibers are in even greater demand as substitutes for traditional materials because of the rising cost of raw materials and energy.

Dow and AKSA forming JV for carbon fiber and derivatives; up to $1B investment in project within 5 years

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signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize carbon fiber and derivatives. The joint venture will develop and globally market a broad range of products and technical service support in the rapidly expanding carbon-fiber based composites industry. Currently, the carbon fiber composites industry is estimated at US$10 billion globally and is expected to reach $40 billion US dollars by 2022.

Toray Signs Long-term Basic Supply Agreement with EADS (Airbus) to Supply Carbon Fiber Prepreg

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Toray Industries, Inc. has signed a long-term basic supply agreement with the aerospace and defence company EADS to supply carbon fiber prepreg for aircraft application primarily for Airbus S.A.S. EADS is Europe’s largest aerospace corporate group comprising the globally leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus as well as the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, the space provider Astrium and the EADS Defence & Security division.

Teijin reduces cycle time for carbon fiber cabin frame to less than one minute

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Teijin Limited has achieved a significant reduction in the cycle time required for molding carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) automobile cabin frame, bringing it to less than one minute. The breakthrough overcomes one of the biggest challenges in the industry and represents a stride toward the use of carbon fiber for the mass production of automobiles and other products.

DOE awards $54M to 13 projects for transformational manufacturing technologies and materials; top two awards go to carbon fiber materials and electrodes for next-gen batteries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded more than $54 million—leveraging approximately an additional $17 million in cost share from the private sector—for 13 projects to advance transformational technologies and materials that can help manufacturers significantly increase the energy efficiency of their operations and reduce costs. The projects selected for awards include: The Dow Chemical Company, Scale-Up of Novel Low-Cost Carbon Fibers. and paper industry.

Plasan and Toray partner on carbon fiber reinforced composites for automotive markets; Toray acquires 20% interest in Plasan

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Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC), a supplier of carbon fiber solutions to the automotive industry and a subsidiary of composites solutions pioneer Plasan Sasa, Inc, has partnered with Toray Industries to bring additional material and technology capabilities and solutions to its automotive and commercial customers. PCC was also chosen to supply three major exterior Class A Panels on the 2013 SRT Viper, which are manufactured in its Bennington Vermont facility.

Lux forecasts global market for carbon fiber composites to more than double to $36B in 2020; aerospace and wind to lead

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As innovative new production technologies lower carbon fiber cost, the global market for carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will more than double to $36 billion in 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 13% from $14.6 The industry’s best shot at achieving the carbon fiber price reduction necessary for high-volume applications like automotive is the employment of polyolefin-precursor carbon fiber, combined with plasma oxidation and carbonization.

SGL Group and BMW Group JV to Build New Carbon Fiber Plant; Output Exclusively for Upcoming Megacity Vehicle

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SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, the joint venture between SGL Group and BMW Group ( earlier post ), will build a carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. The new facility is an important element of both companies’ strategy to commercialize viable manufacturing of ultra light weight carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use in future vehicle concepts. We consider carbon fiber a cutting-edge material.

SGL Group and BMW Group Establish Carbon Fiber-Joint Venture; BMW Will Use Output in the Megacity Vehicle

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SGL Group and BMW Group have formed a 51:49 joint venture to manufacture carbon fibers and fabrics for the automotive industry. The joint venture will be operated through two companies, one based in North America (SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC), and the other in Germany (SGL Automotive Fibers GmbH & Co KG). In the final stage of development, annual carbon fiber and fabric consumption is expected in the range of several thousand tons p.a.

Daimler and Toray to establish JV for carbon-fiber based automobile parts; new production and joining process enables large-scale production

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Toray Industries, Inc. and Daimler AG are forming a joint venture in Esslingen, Germany, for manufacturing and marketing of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics (CFRP) automobile parts. As the world’s largest manufacturer of carbon fibers, Toray has identified expansion of its Carbon Fiber Reinforced Composite Business in the automotive field as one of its top priorities.

BMW showcases new carbon fiber reinforced plastic production process with M3 CRT; process to produce components for i3 electric and i8 PHEV models

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BMW M GmbH used the M Night Event in the lead-up to the Nürburgring 24-hour race to unveil the BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology). The M3 CRT represents the worldwide debut of a new production process for carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components in the automotive industry. The material produced through this manufacturing technology is also used for the car’s bucket seats. Fuel Efficiency Manufacturing Materials

ORNL, University of Toledo to collaborate on advanced materials, manufacturing research for vehicle applications

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The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Toledo have entered into a memorandum of understanding for collaborative research into the advanced design and manufacturing of high-strength, intelligent, lightweight materials for use by the automotive sector. The collaboration expects to also engage with the automotive industry in Ohio and Michigan. Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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BASF and Toray Advanced Composites sign supply agreement to bring CFRT tape to the automotive industry

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Toray Advanced Composites and BASF signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets. The fiber manufacturer will reinforce BASF’s Ultramid PA6 (Polyamide) resins with either glass fiber or with carbon fiber. Manufacturing Weight reduction

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Mercedes-Benz owner invests in carbon fibre for cars

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The company behind Mercedes-Benz and Smart, Daimler AG, has formed a joint venture with Toray Industries to manufacture and market carbon fibre reinforced plastic car parts. Green cars Latest news Mercedes carbon fiber carbon fibre carbon fibre car parts Daimler Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz smart Toray Toray Industries