Source: Textile World | February 18, 2020
Montefibre Carbon is investing 16.2 million euros ($17.5 milllion) in its plant in Miranda de Ebro, Spain, 11.5 million euros ($12.3 million) of which will come from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, to produce polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor for conversion to carbon fiber with semi-aerospace quality and to build a flexible carbonization line.
The new PAN precursor fiber will have a tensile strength of 700 ksi and will be marketed as M700. The new carbonization line will be one of the most advanced lines in the industry to serve as a development and demonstration of Montefibre’s carbon fiber, and will be able to work with fiber from 80K to 480K, up to a capacity of 100 tons per year.
The carbonization line will be operational by the end of 2021 and will serve as a key hub prior to commercial production scale and will generate market-development volumes of carbon fiber, as part of a project to transform part of Miranda facilities into a collaborative research center.
Montefibre’s carbonization line will be the first owned by a Spanish company and the second to be installed in Spain (the first being the line built by Hexel in Illescas in 2008). Furthermore, Montefibre will become, even at a demonstration level, the third leading European producer of carbon fiber (after SGL from Germany and Solvay from Belgium).