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RadiciGroup focuses its development work on carbon-fibre precursor

News International-French

29 Jan 2014

RadiciGroup, a producers of nylon 6 and 6.6, continues to produce special technical fibres at its Brazilian site. Using its know-how on the production of precursor for carbon-fibre, Radici Fibras Ltda is engaged in R&D work on the development of high-performance technical fibres and fibre precursor (PAN) for carbon fibre, while continuing its core business of nylon fibre production.

RadiciGroup, a leading producer of nylon fibres in South America and Europe, is carrying on research and development on the production of polymer fibre precursor (PAN – polyacrylonitrile) for carbon fibre at its Radici Fibras Ltda production site in Brazil.

The Brazilian plant, located in São José dos Campos, was acquired by RadiciGroup in 1998. Following the recent suspension of acrylic fibre production, the Brazilian site is now focusing on the production of nylon 6 synthetic fibres, while continuing its experimental development work on the production of special technical fibres, such as cement fibre, and PAN carbon-fibre precursor.

Their experience and know-how in the production of synthetic fibres, from polymerization to spinning have allowed them, over the years, to carry on fruitful research on the development of high-performance technical fibres, particularly precursor fiber for carbon fibre. Because of the sharp drop in domestic acrylic fibre consumption that has taken place in the Brazilian market since 2010, they were forced to suspend the production of this product, but at the same time they have continued to strengthen their core businesses, nylon fibres and engineering plastics, and to focus on the development of specialty fibres.They are the only ones in Brazil with the facilities and qualified personnel needed for the experimental production of carbon fibre precursor polyacrylonitrile fibre, which they already produce for third parties in small quantities in their pilot plants at Radici Fibras. With the know-how acquired in this field, they are now evaluating projects for the conversion of the part of the site formerly used for acrylic fibre production, aimed to an industrial production of PAN carbon-fibre precursor.

About RadiciGroup:
it is a manufacturers of polyamide and polyester engineering plastics. With six plants strategically located in Italy, Brazil, the United States, Germany and China, RadiciGroup Plastics offers processing, quality control, research and development, and technological development support.