Cytec Announces Restart of Carbon Fiber and Composites Manufacturing Plant in US

june 11 2012

Cytec Industries Inc.’s Board of Directors has approved restart of a carbon fiber manufacturing expansion project at the company’s Piedmont, South Carolina facility as well as commencement of a prepreg manufacturing expansion project at the company’s site in Greenville, Texas. Both projects support growing demand for Cytec’s composite materials in the aerospace industry.

The project in South Carolina will provide additional capacity for manufacture of our polyacrylonitrile-based (PAN-based) carbon fiber production including precursor manufacturing and carbonization. Cytec uses these fibers in the manufacture of carbon fiber reinforced composite prepregs which are widely used in both commercial and military aerospace applications. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2013 with industrial fiber production expected in 2015 and aerospace qualified fiber production expected in 2016.

The Greenville, Texas project includes a building expansion and associated infrastructure to support a new impregnation line which will increase the site’s prepreg capacity by 20%. Commercial production in the new facility is expected to begin in 2015. David Snyder, Vice President of Operations for Engineered Materials, added, “We are excited about the growth of our production capabilities in Greenville and Piedmont and what it means for both our customers and the communities in which our facilities operate. We look forward to continuing our strong relationships and to continued growth and success of our operations at both sites.”

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