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Cytec Industries Inc. announced that they have entered into strategic discussions with Dralon GmbH, the recognized German manufacturer of acrylic fibers, to support the exploration and development of large tow industrial grade carbon fiber.
Demand for large tow carbon fiber is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, driven by increasing use in industrial markets such as automotive, whereby OEM manufacturers are actively researching the technology to help them achieve lighter-weight vehicles with greater fuel efficiency.According to Shane Fleming, Chairman, President, and CEO of Cytec Industries, "Cytec offers a strong channel to market given our position today of supplying high performance automotive applications, as well as our decades of experience supplying carbon fiber composite technology to the aerospace industry. We are actively pursuing the development of carbon fiber based composites for the next addressable serial automotive market. Large scale adoption will necessitate the need for a robust supply chain of industrial grade, or high tow fibers, that offer low cost supply and continuity. We are therefore working with Dralon to evaluate the most appropriate solution to address this market, including potential joint investment. Dralon's manufacturing experience in acrylic fiber production, its rich brand identity, and ideal location relative to the target market make for a good strategic partner to explore the possibilities together, including conversion of an existing facility from acrylic to carbon fiber production. As of now we envision operating the carbon fiber production as a separate entity with opportunities to seek additional external partners."More information: www.cytec.com