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  • Carbon fiber or carbon fiber can refer to carbon filament thread, or to felt or woven cloth made from those carbon filaments. By extension, it is also used informally to mean any composite material made with carbon filament. Carbon Fiber is composed of carbon atoms by more than 90%. These carbon atoms are lighter than any metal atoms.
  • It is made from acrylic fiber known as material for textile or a kind of coal tar got by carbonization of heavy fraction of petroleum oil or dry distillation of coal.
  • Carbon fibers are manufactured by the controlled pyrolysis of organic precursors in fibrous form. It is a heat treatment of the precursor that removes the oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen to form carbon fibers. It is well established in carbon fiber literature that the mechanical properties of the carbon fibers are improved by increasing the crystallinity and orientation, and by reducing defects in the fiber.
  • Carbon fibres are the stiffest and strongest reinforcing fibres for polymer composites, the most used after glass fibres. Made of pure carbon in form of graphite, they have low density and a negative coefficient of longitudinal thermal expansion.
  • Carbon fibres are produced by the PAN or the pitch methods. The PAN method separates a chain of carbon atoms from polyacrylnitrile (PAN) through heating and oxidation.Pitch method pulls out graphite threads through a nozzle from hot fluid pitch.
  • Carbon fabrics are by far the most widely used fiber in high-performance applications. Known for their light weight, high strength, and high stiffness, carbon fabric properties are especially useful in applications that require thermal management, such as instrumentation housings with dense electronics. Though stronger than glass or aramid fibers, carbon fibers are less impact resistant and also can experience galvanic corrosion when in contact with metal.
  • Carbon fiber is most notably used to reinforce composite materials, particularly the class of materials known as carbon fiber reinforced plastics. This class of materials is used in aircraft parts, high-performance vehicles, tuner cars, sporting equipment, wind generator blades and gears and other demanding mechanical applications.
  • The expansion in TORAYCA production capacity is to respond to the growing demand in carbon fibers led by the composite materials for B787, the new passenger aircraft of Boeing Co., U.S. to be entered in service in 2008 as well as the strong growth in general industrial use. To respond to the fact that the orders for B787 aircraft is increasing faster than expected as well as the growing production of B777, the company decided to expand its carbon fiber and prepreg production capacity.
  • Moreover, demand has also been rapidly increasing in Asia led by China for civil engineering and construction applications and so on, leading to increasing tightness in the supply-demand balance at present. The demand for PAN-based carbon fiber for 2004 was estimated to be about 22,000 tons and, taking into consideration such developments in various applications, the demand is forecast to grow at an annual rate of more than 10% in the future and is expected to exceed 30,000 tons in 2007.
  • Japanese companies continue to manufacture pitch based carbon fibers to specialized markets requiring high tensile modulus, albeit lower tensile strength. Current world capacity, mainly in Japan is around 10% that of PAN based carbon fiber.
  • 300 Tons/year plant need investment of INR 200 Crores
  • Globally 70 per cent production of carbon fibres is with Japanese companies. These companies are reluctant to supply carbon fibres to India for strategic applications
  • Since the Japanese earthquake and Tsunami, there have been fears of an interruption in the supply chain of carbon fiber. This is because many of the major manufacturers of carbon fiber are located in Japan.
  • Additionally, major manufacturers of carbon fiber products, such as components for Boeing's new 787, are located in Japan. Just after the earthquake, Boeing's stock dropped 3% on fears. However, marketwatch reports that the manufacturers will continue production as planned
  • Basics
  • Carbon Fibers
  • Carbon Fibre-FAQ
  • Reinforced Carbon
  • Carbon Fibers
  • Carbon Fibre Properties
  • PAN Fiber
  • Carbon Nanotubes
  • Carbon Fiber Pads in Knee
  • General Perspective
  • Process overview


  • Making Carbon Fibers
  • Carbon Fiber and Pan Precursor
  • Manufacturing Process of Carbon Fiber
  • Production of Carbon Fibers via CMS
  • Carbon Fiber Oxidation
  • Carbon Fiber Process
  • Microwave-Assisted Plasma Manufacturing of Carbon Fibers
  • Carbon Fiber Surface Treatment and Sizing
  • Processing of Carbon Fibers Reinforced Composites
  • Carbon Fiber Surface Treated by
    Cold Plasma Processes
  • Manufacture of Carbon Fibers
  • Harper International Process Systems for Carbon Fibers
  • Carbon Fibre Epoxy Prepregs
  • PMC for Fiber Recovery


  • Carbon Fibre Technologies
  • Vince Kelly's Carbon Fiber Technology
  • High Performance Carbon–Carbon Composites
  • Carbon Fiber Based Fuel Cells
  • High Technology Fabrics
  • Fiber-to-Fabric Converting Technology
  • Carbon Fiber Systems Integration
  • Carbon Fiber Membrane Technology
  • Advanced Carbon Materials
  • Tomorrow's Plastic Cars
  • Robustness of Carbon-Fiber Technology
  • Current Carbon Nanotube Technologies
  • Technology Offer
  • Sony VAIO TX Series Made of Carbon Fibre
  • Linking Technology to Application
  • Trends in Carbon Fiber Materials for Wind Turbine Blade Structures
  • Carbon Fiber Technology - future


  • Adhesively Bonded Joints in Carbon Fibre Composite Structures
  • Composite Material with carbon Reinforcing Fibres
  • Reactor for Production of Ceramic Fibers
  • Composite Material Strain/Stress Sensor
  • Carbon Fibre Materials


  • Carbon Fiber Precursor for Activated Carbon Fibers
  • Application of Carbon Fiber for
    Large Structural Components
  • Use of Carbon Fiber Composite Molecular Sieve
  • Using Carbon Fiber Composites to Increase Flexural Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Bridges
  • Carbon Fiber Composites for Catalyst Supports
  • Carbon Fiber Based Porous Carbon Monolith
  • Carbon Fiber Composites in Tennis Rackets
  • Carbon Fiber Composites for Concrete Repair
  • Prestressed Carbon Fiber Composite Overwrapped Gun Tube
  • Carbon Fiber for Robotics and R/C Aircraft
  • Novel Applications of Carbon Fiber
  • Low Cost Carbon Fiber From renewable Resources
  • Carbon Fiber Components with Integrated Wiring for Millirobot Prototyping
  • Transportation Applications
  • CFRP for Strengthening Steel Structures
  • Nippon Graphite Fiber
  • Carbon Fibers in Textiles & Apparel
  • Aircraft and Aerospace Field
  • Carbon Fiber Composite Bone Plates
  • Carbon Fiber Fishing Rods
  • Recycling Carbon Fibre

Company Profiles

  • Toho Tenax Europe GmbH
  • Calcarb Limited
  • Excel Industry
  • Zoltek
  • Company product quality & performance
  • Report on Company's Performance
  • Indian Company
  • Aldila
  • Cytec
  • Hexcel
  • Qifeng
  • Kemrock
  • Mitsubishi Rayon
  • SGL Group
  • Carbon Fiber Air Box
  • Magnamite-Carbon Fiber
  • Carbon Fiber Fabrics
  • Kureha Products
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Functional Products
  • Mitsubishi Rayon Products
  • Nippon Graphite Fiber Products
  • Osaka Gas Chemical Products
  • Toho Tenax Products
  • Toray Products
  • ABL Price List
  • Carbon Fibre Heater
  • Carbon Fibre Products
  • German company products


  • Composite Engineering
  • Materials Edge
  • Technical Consultancy Services
  • Roger Legras
  • Anita Grozdanov
  • Lawrence T. Drzal
  • Prakasan. K
  • Consultant - Market reports
  • Market survey consultant

Projects and Plant

  • Vapor-Grown Carbon Fiber
  • Economic evaluation of Pitch based process
  • Production Lines
  • Centrifugal Melt Spinning
  • First Carbon Fibre Plant Ready for Production
  • Productive Project of 200tons/year of Carbon Fibre
  • Ultrasound in Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites
  • Andreas’ Personal Flying Suit Project
  • Lightweight Active and Passive Carbon Fibre Mirrors

Equipment Suppliers

  • Carbon Fiber Furnace system
  • Bottcher Ultra-Light Carbon Fibre Roller
  • Carbon Fibre Rollers
  • Unimerco Tooling Solutions for Aerospace
  • Chamber Suppliers
  • Compounders Suppliers in UK
  • Feeders Suppliers in India
  • Fiber Machine Suppliers

Safety Guidelines

  • Carbon Fiber Post
  • Environment Implications
  • Tenax HTA
  • Tenax STS
  • Safety Precaution in Handling of Carbon Fibers
  • User's Guide for Short Carbon Fiber Composites
  • Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Material Selection
  • Zagi-3C Carbon Fiber Spar Matrix
  • Guides to Carbon Fibre
  • Guide To Composites


  • Industry Overview
  • Carbon Fiber Recycling
  • Production of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Aluminum Composites
  • Recovery of Carbon Fibres
  • Carbon Fiber  
  • Review of Feedstock for Making
    Carbon Fiber
  • Fiberforge
  • MVS Produces First Class Carbon Fiber Body Panel
  • Establishment of New Carbon Fiber Production Line in Germany
  • Capacity Expansion for Carbon Fiber TENAX
  • Acquisition of Carbon Fiber Business in US
  • Enhanced Sulfur Removal of Coal Via Carbon Fiber Production
  • Process Economics
  • Hand Book


  • Market Trends
  • The Present and Future of Carbon Fiber Parts
  • Value Chain of Carbon Fibers
  • Torayca-Business Expansion of
    Carbon Fiber
  • Production Capacity for Carbon Fibers
  • Airbus Could Lose Out in £700bn Race
  • Low Priced Carbon Fibers Will Open New Markets to Composites
  • Carbon Fibre Shortage Could Impact on High-End Bike Sales
  • Toray to Spend 25 Billion Yen on Expanding Carbon Fibre Capacity
  • Growth Opportunities in Carbon Fiber Market 2004-2010
  • Carbon Fibre Industry

Manufacturers, Suppliers, Exporters and Importers

  • Activated Carbon Fibre Supplier in China
  • Carbon & Graphite Fibre Manufacturers and Suppliers
  • Carbon Fiber Exporters and Importers
  • Hexcel
  • Carbon Fiber Suppliers
  • Manufacturer of Nonwoven Fiber in France
  • Carbon Fiber Structures Suppliers
  • Carbon Fibre Importers
  • Carbon Fibre Buyers

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