Carbon Fiber Manufacturers

Carbon fibers are composed mostly of carbon molecules and manufactured to be between five to 10 micrometers in diameter which can be combined with other materials to form a composite used in the production of clothing and equipment.

In recent years, carbon fiber has become a popular material for manufacturing clothing and equipment for people whose professions and hobbies demand high durability and support from their gear including astronauts, civil engineers, car and motorcycle racers, and combat soldiers.

Fortunately, new technologies and producers of this modern and efficient fabric have emerged in the market providing raw carbon fiber at cheaper and cheaper prices, each specializing in a particular use for their brand of carbon fiber or carbon fiber composite—the following is an alphabetical list of manufacturers of raw carbon fiber who used reinforced polymer composites.

Cytec Engineered Materials

Cytec Engineered Materials (CEM), whose fibers go under the trade names of "Thornel" and "ThermalGraph," is a manufacturer of continuous and discontinuous carbon fibers, made from both the Pitch and PAN based process.

The continuous carbon fibers have high conductivity and are well suited for aerospace applications. The discontinuous carbon fibers, when combined with thermoplastics, are well suited for injection molding. More »

With over 40 years experience in the manufacturing of carbon fibers, Hexcel produces PAN carbon fibers in both the USA and Europe and is highly successful in the aerospace market.

Hexcel carbon fibers are sold under the trade name “HexTow” and can be found in many advanced aerospace composite components, though they have not yet branched out to a more practical ground utility of their product.

Carbon fibers have recently begun to replace aluminum in aerospace engineering because of its strength and resistance to galvanic corrosion that occurs in space.  More »

Based in Japan, Nippon has been manufacturing Pitch based carbon fibers for the last 20 years, and have made the market considerably more affordable for manufacturers.

Nippon carbon fibers can be found in fishing rods, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, golf shafts, and bicycle frames because of the increased durability of their particular composite and relative inexpensiveness of their product. More »

Mitsubishi Rayon Company (MRC) produces PAN filament carbon fibers used in composite applications where lightweight and high strength is required, and their US subsidiary, Grafil, manufacturers carbon fiber under the “Pyrofil” trade name.

Although MRC produces a fine product that can be utilized for aerospace engineering, it is much more commonly used in commercial and recreational equipment and gear like motorcycle jackets and gloves as well as carbon-based sports gear like golf clubs and even baseball bats. More »

Toho Tenax manufacturers its carbon fiber using the PAN precursor, and this carbon fiber is commonly used in automotive, aerospace, sporting goods, and more due to its relative cheapness while maintaining a high quality and durability.

Professional motorcycle racers and skiers often wear gloves made with Toho Tenax carbon fibers and the company has supplied materials used in the construction of space suits for astronauts. More »

Toray manufactures carbon fibers in Japan, the United States, and Europe; using a PAN based method, Toray carbon fiber is made in various modulus types.

Higher modulus carbon fiber is often more expensive, but less is required because of the increased physical properties, making these products popular in all fields despite their higher cost. More »

Carbon fiber manufactured by Zoltek can be found in numerous applications including aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial areas like construction and safety gear.

Zoltek claims to manufacture the “lowest-cost carbon fiber on the market,” and PANEX and PYRON are the trade names for Zoltek carbon fibers, which are currently the cheapest carbon fibers available for purchase. More »