Carbon Fiber 2009 features cost of carbon fiber assessment

At CompositesWorld's annual conference on the carbon fiber market, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Dave Warren will present an overview of what it really costs to make PAN-based carbon fiber.

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CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2009 conference, Dec. 9-11 at the new Hilton San Diego Bayfront (San Diego, Calif.) will feature, among its presenters, Dave Warren, program manager for Transportation Materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.). He will present an overview of what it really costs to make PAN-based carbon fiber, with breakdowns both by cost category and by steps in the production process.  Areas of potential cost reduction will be identified, along with new carbon fiber producers who are employing some of these cost-reduction techniques.

Warren also is the field technical manager for materials in the Lightweighting Materials Program of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Vehicle Technologies program. He has been working with composite materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for 18 years.

The annual Carbon Fiber Conference offers information on all aspects of carbon fiber production and application, including carbon fiber history, precursor spinning and conversion, recycling, new and unique carbon fiber and fiber forms and other topics. For more information on the agenda, or to register, visit, or call +1 207-221-6603, or e-mail Ralph Jessie, conference manager, at