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11th October 2019, Burgos

Spanish government backs Montefibre with EUR 5.6m

From left to right: Galo Gutiérrez, Raúl Blanco, Aitana Hernando, and Alfonso Cirera. © Montefibre Carbon

From left to right: Galo Gutiérrez, Raúl Blanco, Aitana Hernando, and Alfonso Cirera. © Montefibre Carbon

Montefibre Carbon, based in Spain, has received EUR 5.6 million from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism as part of the country’s REINDUS (Reindustrialisation and Strengthening of Industrial Competitiveness) initiative to facilitate the company’s transition from producing textile acrylic fibre to polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor for conversion to carbon fibre (precursor fibre).

This financing facility provided by the Spanish government is part of the EUR 7.5 million investment in the transformation of Montefibre’s 302,656-square-metre factory in Miranda de Ebro, Spain.

Montefibre Carbon is adapting its polymerisation and dope preparation with a potential capacity of 75,000 metric tons per year, and four of its seven spinning lines to bring to market some 17,000 tons per year of its large-tow precursor fibre in the next three years, with a plan to increase its production to 33,000 tons per year by 2025.

Innovative technology

All the adaptations and transformations of the Miranda de Ebro plant are carried out with Montefibre Carbon's own proprietary technology, which is based on the original development of precursor fibre by Monsanto at the end of the 1950s in Knoxville, TN, but improved upon through more than 20 years of research into PAN precursors by the Montefibre group.

Spanish government support to Montefibre Carbon and Spanish composite manufacturing has been reinforced by the visit of the Secretary-General of Industry and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism, Raúl Blanco Díaz on 7 October.

Secretary-General Blanco met with the Montefibre Carbon President, Alfonso Cirera Santasusana, its financial director, Eduardo A. McAffer, and Joan Parra Farré, Executive Vice President of Leitat (Montefibre’s technological partner). Secretary-General Blanco was accompanied by the Director-General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, Galo Gutiérrez Monzonís, the Deputy Director-General of Management, Juan Ignacio Moratinos, and the Mayoress of Miranda de Ebro, Aitana Hernando.

Historic plant

During the visit, Secretary-General Blanco and his team had the opportunity to get to know first-hand the historic Montefibre plant that has undergone several renovations (the most recent a total renovation in 2005) since it was originally built in 1973. They were taken with the impressive dimensions of the plant and its enormous production capacity, which will allow Spain to have a national champion in the production of carbon fibre to ensure the competitiveness of manufacturers of composite materials, parts, and structures, for sectors such as wind power, automotive, and shipbuilding.

Both politicians highlighted the importance of the innovation and development work that is being done in the Miranda plant and look forward to and ongoing and successful relationship.

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