Vadodara, May 9 (PTI) India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing facility to produce light weight material for use in sectors as diverse as aerospace to infrastructure was commissioned here today.
Former President A P J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the carbon fibre plant set up by Kemrock Industries at their sprawling premises on the outskirts of this bustling industrial township.
The Rs 250 crore facility begins manufacture of carbon fibre under technology transfer from the National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL) that had developed the ultra-light material for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The NAL, a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), will get upto five per cent of the turnover of this facility as royalty for the next seven years.
Carbon fiber and composite materials have a valuable use in Wind turbines and enable better efficiencies in design and reduction in cost.
Carbon fiber-reinforced materials have been identified as a cost-effective means for reducing weight and increasing stiffness of turbine blades. The use of carbon fibers in longer turbine blades results in a significantly lower blade weight and a reasonable decrease in cost when compared to other materials like fiberglass.