A century-old U.S. company has received orders from multiple Chinese firms for carbon-fiber ovens.
Despatch Industries, Minneapolis, will
build the production-scale oxidation ovens with center-to-ends airflow and new atmosphere
control and energy reduction technology that it calls ACER.
"As the carbon-fiber market is
growing and becoming more active in China, we are seeing a strong increase in interest
from Chinese manufacturers," says Ken Defiel, global carbon-fiber sales manager.
Oxidation is a critical step in the
production of carbon fiber. Despatch says its center-to-ends airflow design creates
consistent process conditions with uniform temperatures in the working zones for
uniform, oxidized density fiber and higher yields by as much as 30 percent.
According to Despatch, ACER is a management
system that reduces energy consumption and tar contamination, while improving fiber
Despatch to Fill Oven Orders for China Companies
August 16, 2011