Russian firm breaks ground on new carbon fiber plant

State-owned Russian firm Rosatom, and affiliate Holding Company Composite, have broken ground on a €100 million, 1,500-ton carbon fiber manufacturing facility located in the Republic of Tatarstan, scheduled to come online in 2013.

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Rosatom (Moscow, Russia) and Holding Company Composite, a Rosatom affiliate founded in 2009, report that they have broken ground on a new carbon fiber manufacturing in the Republic of Tatarstan, due to come on stream in the first quarter of 2013. The facility is estimated to cost about €100 million and will have annual capacity 1,500 metric tons of carbon fiber, most of which will be marketed toward aerospace applications.

In addition to production of carbon fiber and prepregs, the composite holding’s activities include a number of development centers operated in partnership with state-owned Rusnano (Moscow, Russia). Affiliate Composite Volokno produces about 800 metric tons per year of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursors that are processed into by sister company Argon into 500 tons per year of carbon fiber. Another holding affiliate, Carbon and Composite Materials Plant at Chelyabinsk, Russia, produces carbon fiber and composites.