Report Finds Sustainability Key to the Future of Carbon Fibre
With the adoption and commercialisation of carbon fibre progressing well across many industries the high cost and integration into the end-users process still remains a challenge.
Partnerships between the industry and its research communities along with funding from both government agencies will be critical to spearhead the sustainable use of carbon fibre.
A new report from Frost & Sullivan highlights that end-user industries such as automotive and aerospace sectors are the driving force in the adoption of carbon fibre composites and, along with the carbon fibre manufacturers are funding a large chunk of cash, with the hopes of wider adoption.
Technical Insights Research Analyst Vivek Ninkileri said;
The automotive industry is already incorporating carbon fibre in their high-end products and are eagerly researching on ways to do the same across all segments, similarly, sensitisation on the importance of shifting from conventional forms of energy to clean energy sources, especially in the developing world, will significantly contribute to the development of carbon fibre for the energy sector
To ensure large-scale uptake in more industries, Frost’s report says manufacturers must design an eco-friendly and economical recycling method to prevent accumulation of carbon fibre waste. The high defect ratio and rising costs also deter key stakeholders from mass producing products using carbon fibre.
Investing in R&D and strategic partnerships with research communities combined with the successful scaling up of new technologies can address these challenges effectively. In addition, collaborating with end-user industries will enable carbon fibre manufacturers to deliver customised solutions.