China Increasing Output Of Strong Carbon Fiber

By Bradley Perrett
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 09, 2013

The world's strongest carbon fiber is Toray Industries' T100G, says the Japanese manufacturer. Now China, denied access even to lower grades from foreign suppliers, is working on matching it.

China makes a limited volume of T800—a lower-grade but still very strong fiber that it cannot buy from Western countries and Japan—and plans are afoot to build a plant with 20 times the current capacity. These advances could improve the performance of Chinese military aircraft and, eventually, bring China into the global market for aerospace materials, in which it has so far had negligible presence.

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