Holding Company Composite opens carbon fiber plant in Russia

Russia-based plant will have 1,700-MT carbon fiber capacity in the Republic of Tatarstan. Additional lines could eventually total 10,000 MT or more.

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A new carbon fiber plant was introduced at JEC Europe 2015 (March 10-12) on the show’s first day. HCC, or Holding Company Composite (Moscow, Russia), is producing Alabuga-Fibre material at a newly-constructed facility in Alabuga, within the Republic of Tatarstan southeast of Moscow, and according to the company, already has attracted attention from global partners.

The plant will be mainly export-oriented, said Dan Pichler, HCC’s business development director. The initial line reportedly will produce 1,700 metric tons per year, and will eventually be optimized to turn out approximately 2,000 metric tons, says HCC. The Alabuga facility site has space for additional lines, and is intended to be grow to 10,000 metric tons, or more. HCC is currently providing Alabuga-Fibre AF42 12К (available now) and Alabuga-Fibre AF42 24К (available late in 2015) for sampling and sale.

“The manufacturing line is built from the latest technology, allowing us to produce high-quality carbon fiber with low operational costs,” said Yuri Svistunov, HCC technical director. Plant details revealed at the press conference included feeding precursor from bobbins (up to 300 kg); modern, energy-efficient oxidation ovens and carbonization furnaces; advanced surface treatment, sizing and drying; and collection and packaging on spools (up to 8 kg). HCC said that its engineering resources are ready to develop customized solutions for large-scale carbon fiber based applications.

“The launching of our new large-scale Alabuga-Fibre plant, which complements our long history in special high-performance carbon fiber products, fits well into the global trend of growing demand for composite materials in many industries including aerospace, automotive, energy, marine, and construction. Now, with high quality, affordable carbon fiber for the international market available from Russia, we expect that potential users for industrial-grade carbon fiber will look positively at us as they broaden their choice of supplier partners,” said HCC CEO Leonid Melamed. HCC was founded in 2009 to create a composite materials market in Russia. The vertically integrated holding company includes a PAN precursor manufacturing facility and a state corporation (called Rosatom) producing high-strength and high-modulus carbon fiber. HCC also manages CJSC Prepreg-ACM, which manufactures carbon fiber fabrics and high-quality prepregs.