Saudi Aramco accelerates carbon fiber research to reduce manufacturing cost

Collaboration between AramcoTech and ITA aims to investigate ways to reduce manufacturing costs of polyacrylonitrile (PAN)- and polyethylene (PE)-based technologies.



Glossary of composites terms


Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.

Carbon Fibers

4M demonstrates large-diameter carbon fiber production

4M Carbon Fiber, working with textile-grade polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor producer Dralon GbmH, has used its plasma oxidation technology to manufacture large-diameter carbon fiber.


Graphene-reinforced carbon fibers may offer path to stronger, cheaper composites

Graphene (0.075 weight %) added to PAN precursor exhibited 225% increase in carbon fiber tensile strength and 184% increase in modulus.

Carbon Fibers

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.

Filament Winding

Composite T-boom accelerates industrial automation

A manufacturing method that integrates filament winding with axil winding of 0-degree fibers opens new design options in industrial automated equipment.


Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock

Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.


Tepex thermoplastic composites demonstrate fire resistance for EVs

Bond-Laminates’ continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite has passed flammability tests for car interiors.

Carbon Fibers

4M reveals progress with plasma oxidation for carbon fiber production

Promising results following application of 4M Carbon Fiber’s plasma oxidation technology to make carbon fiber using polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor supplied by Formosa Plastics Corp.

Carbon Fibers

EuCIA announces addition of new carbon fiber data to Eco Impact Calculator

The European Composites Industry Association’s Eco Impact Calculator is a free life cycle assessment tool to calculate a composite part’s ecological footprint.

Carbon Fibers

Montefibre Carbon receives €11.5 million in new funding to develop aerospace-grade carbon fiber

The Spain-based company is investing in production of a PAN precursor for conversion to carbon fiber with semi-aerospace quality, and building of a flexible carbonization line. 

Carbon Fibers

"Green" carbon fiber: Renewable energy powers fiber production

Zoltek is first in the industry to use “green” electricity to produce a portion of its heavy-tow carbon fiber.


3D printing, composite materials enable motorsports design flexibility

A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.

Carbon Fibers

LeMond Carbon audits rapid-oxidation carbon fiber technology

A Bureau Veritas audit of LeMond Carbon’s carbon fiber, made with a novel rapid-oxidation technology, shows mechanical properties comparable to Toray T300 fiber.

Carbon Fibers

Technical University of Munich researchers explore using algae to make carbon fiber

The process uses algae to convert CO2 from the atmosphere and manufacturing exhaust into algae oil, which is then used to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon fiber precursor. 


Bloodhound hits 501 mph in latest test run

Bloodhound LSR is being put through its paces in South Africa as it prepares for a 2020 attempt to break the land speed record of 763 mph.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.


The impact of Apollo 11

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the past and future of advanced composites use in spacecraft.


CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: JiangSu TiWin Composites Co.

JiangSu TiWin Composites Co. Ltd. develops composites technology both for equipment and products including prepreg, fabrics and composite parts.

Mass Transit

Diversified composites manufacturer BFG Africa opens new facility

BFG Africa’s new factory to boost Africa-wide environment-friendly composites fiberglass design and manufacturing. 

Carbon Fibers

Orca Group forms European carbon fiber composite group

The Angeloni Group combines four companies with expertise in the carbon fiber composite supply chain into one vertically integrated group.

Carbon Fibers

Acrylonitrile from biomass scales up

Affordable, sustainable, efficient manufacture of biomass-based acrylonitrile — the primary feedstock of carbon fiber production — is leaving the lab and entering the real world.

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