20th March 2017, St. Louis, MO
Zoltek, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, will begin a large scale capacity expansion of carbon fibre production at its Mexico plant later this year.
The added capacity will effectively double the plant’s capacity to more than 10,000 tons of carbon fibre annually and together with existing capacity at Zoltek in Hungary will grow total global capacity to more than 20,000 tons.
With its balance of cost and performance, Zoltek’s PX35 industrial grade carbon fibre has become the standard commercial material of choice across various industries. By utilising an abundant textile-based precursor and employing a proprietary high throughput carbonization process, Zoltek PX35 remains the lowest cost carbon fibre on the market.
Rapidly growing demand for industrial grade carbon fibre for use in wind, automotive, and other commercial applications was the driver in the decision to expand.
“It is clear that the utilization of Zoltek’s carbon fibre is on the rise across a variety of industries, in particular, for automotive and wind energy applications,” said Yoshihiro Takeuchi, president and CEO of Zoltek. “A key part of our strategy is to maintain supply availability for commercial markets. This latest capacity expansion will support our strategy as we see continued demand growth in our major markets.”