Carbon fiber production

Sustainable carbon fiber production at a low cost

Made possible in Norrbotten

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Over the past few years there have been a number of changes in the global application areas for carbon fiber. Industrial applications are expected to grow significantly beyond 2019 with automotive and wind turbines as the fastest growing segments.

Open sources for market trends have forecasted global demand to increase with a double digit compound annual growth rate the next 5 years. This market trend indicates a need for at least two new 3000 metric ton facilities each year.

 

Carbon fiber is a fantastic material. Lightweight, stiff and strong which enables various industries to produce lightweight designs for a better environment.
Carbon fiber production, just like any other industry, requires a substantial amount of energy. For this specific material it’s the oxidation and carbonization process that’s heavy on energy use. Both carbon fiber cost and the carbon footprint for carbon fiber are highly dependent of the cost and CO emissions from energy production. With low energy cost, especially for renewable energy, in northern Sweden it’s possible to lower both carbon fiber and production cost and set new standards as a market advantage. Compared to other relevant European countries producing carbon fiber, it would be possible to make cost savings from 3 EUR/kg to 1 EUR/kg in northern Sweden.

 

The industrial ecosystem in our region hosts several large industries of mining, steel, copper, pulp and paper, sawmills and biorefineries. These successful industries rely on skilled workforce, excellent logistic solutions and a very robust energy grid and has helped the region develop a strong and experienced ecosystem. As the groundwork is already done, any new industry, company or production to establish in the region will instantly benefit from the existing network of knowledge, logistics and business climate.
Alongside the industrial ecosystem there’s a brilliant intellectual infrastructure, as the region is known for its competence in energy, industrial production and material engineering. Luleå University of Technology supports the regional development with research, both theoretical and practical, in intelligent industrial processes and smart materials.

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Norrbotten is home to power intensive industries such as mining, steel, paper and pulp and has an abundance of renewable energy and extremely stable power grid as well as excellent logistics and communications. The tradition of working together in the region is strong, and we know that it’s a success factor for achieving excellence in speed to market for our investors.

 

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Learn more about carbon fiber production and our work.

Read our full report here: Low cost sustainable carbon fiber production
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Contact us to discuss and explore the possibilities of carbon fiber production.

 

Hans Hansson

Dr. Hans Hansson

Senior Advisor, Invest In Norrbotten

hans.a.hansson@ri.se

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Lena Segerlund

Lena Segerlund

Investment Manager, Invest In Norrbotten

lena@investinnorrbotten.se

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