Cytec announces mechanical completion of South Carolina carbon fiber plant

The new carbon fiber plant in Piedmont, S.C., USA, will provide material for the commercial transport, business jet and rotorcraft markets and is expected to begin production in early 2016.

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Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, N.J., USA) announced on March 20 the mechanical completion of its newest carbon fiber production facility in Piedmont, S.C., USA. This mechanical completion is a major milestone for the company, as it demonstrates its focus on growth in the aerospace market.

The new carbon fiber facility will provide additional capacity for manufacture of polyacrylonitrile-based (PAN-based) carbon fiber production including precursor manufacturing and carbonization. Cytec markets these fibers, such as THORNEL carbon fibers, to commercial and military aerospace applications. This facility is intended to double Cytec’s carbon fiber manufacturing capacity and provide additional capability to meet the demand for next-generation carbon fibers.

“I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish in South Carolina and excited about the growth this project represents for the customers we serve and communities where our employees live,” says Shane Fleming, chairman, CEO and president, Cytec Industries Inc.

The new facility will support the expected build rate increases in Cytec’s commercial transport, business jet and rotorcraft market segments. Cytec will be conducting commissioning and qualification activities on the new production line ahead of its expected aerospace certification and qualified fiber production in early 2016.