In the world of materials, carbon fiber is emerging as the ultimate team player - one that works miracles in reinforcing other materials and lifting them to new levels of performance.
At Zoltek Companies, Inc., we view our role in a similar light.
Our mission as a company is to lead the commercialization of carbon fiber
as a primary composite building material. To do that, we are building
joint venture and team relationships with companies in other industries
and in other parts of the world. It is our goal to help others to achieve
new levels of performance across a range of products. Carbon fiber-reinforced
composites are remarkable in their performance characteristics and properties
that include high strength, low weight, high stiffness, corrosion resistance,
heat resistance, and electrical conductivity. Carbon fiber possesses another
important characteristic. It is remarkably versatile in its ability to
work with an assortment of different materials, including other fibers,
plastics, metals, wood and concrete. As a result of this versatility,
it is impossible to postulate all of the potential uses of carbon fiber
in maximizing performance and lowering life-cycle costs across a range
of consumer and industrial products, and across all types of construction.
Zoltek makes carbon fiber through a proprietary continuous carbonization
process. Back in 1995, when we had only a single production line, we succeeded
in driving costs down to the point where we were able to quote a price
of $8 per pound for substantial quantities of carbon fiber, while maintaining
an attractive profit margin.
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