Carbon Fiber Manufacturers

The following is an alphabetical list of manufacturers of raw carbon fiber used reinforced polymer composites.

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Cytec Engineered Materials

Manufacturer of continuous and discontinuous carbon fibers, made from both the Pitch and PAN based process. Cytec carbon fibers go under the trade names of “Thornel” and “ThermalGraph.” 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.

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With over 40 years experience in the manufacturing of carbon fibers, Hexcel produces PAN carbon fibers in both the USA and Europe. Hexcel carbon fibers are sold under the trade name “HexTow” and can be found many advanced aerospace composite components.

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Carbon fibers manufactured by the SGL Group are commonly used in industrial applications such as lightweight pressure vessels. Manufactured from the PAN precursor, SGL markets their carbon fibers under the “SIGAFIL” tradename.

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Toho Tenax manufacturers its carbon fiber using the PAN precursor. This carbon fiber is commonly used in automotive, aerospace, sporting goods, and more.

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Toray manufacturers carbon fibers in Japan, USA, and Europe. PAN based, Toray carbon fiber is made in various modulus types. Higher modulus carbon fiber is often more expense, but less is required because of the increased physical properties.

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Carbon fiber manufactured by Zoltek can be found in numerous applications including aerospace, sporting goods, and industrial applications. Zoltek claims to manufacture the “lowest-cost carbon fiber on the market.” PANEX and PYRON or the trade names for Zoltek carbon fibers.

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Mitsubishi Rayon maunfacturs PAN filament carbon fibers used in composite applications where lightweight and high strength is required. Their US subsidiary, Grafil, manufacturers carbon fiber under the “Pyrofil” trade name.

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Based in Japan, Nippon has been manufacturing Pitch based carbon fibers for the last 20 years. Nippon carbon fibers can be found in fishing rods, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, golf shafts, and bicycle frames.