4M Industrial Oxidation and C.A. Litzler Co. Inc. will jointly commercialize a 175-ton plasma oxidation oven for OPF and carbon fiber production.

"We have made great strides in the past few months, and [we] initiated fabrication of components for the first commercial-scale oven. We believe we have a path to commercialization that will allow us to offer these plasma oxidation ovens to the industry. We now have requests for three quotes," said Matt Litzler, president of C.A. Litzler.

The companies claim the oven is the first of its kind. The patented 4M plasma-oxidation process reportedly operates more than three times faster than current commercial technology and uses less than 25 percent of the energy per pound of fiber.  Plasma oxidation has also demonstrated improvement in the fiber quality versus conventional processing.