India on pace to produce carbon fiber in 2009

Kemrock reports that it is building production capacity for 650 tons of 3k, 6k, and 12K carbon fiber.

Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd. (Vadodara, India) reported at the Composites Europe expo on Sept. 25 that it has won from the Indian government a contract to manufacture carbon fiber and expects to begin production in April 2009.

Ron Brown, director - business development at Kemrock, told COMPOSITESWORLD that the facilty will be located at Kemrock's main manufacturing plant in Vadodara and is currently under construction. When completed, the facility will have an estimated annual capacity of 650 tons, producing 3K, 6K, and 12K carbon fiber tows.

Brown says the precursor technology was developed by the Indian government, which then solicited bids for the manufacture of the carbon fiber. Brown expects capacity will gradually increase and says the primary customer of the carbon fiber will be the Indian government and Indian manufacturing firms.

Kemrock currently operates a 1 million-sq-ft/92,900-sq-m manufacturing facility and produces a variety of composite parts and structures via pultrusion, infusion, resin transfer molding, and other processes.