St. Louis, Missouri – May 7, 2015 – Zoltek Companies, Inc. (headquarters: St. Louis, Missouri, USA) will double production capacity at the Zoltek de Mexico facility (located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX) to 5,000 tons per year, beginning in April 2016.
Currently, Zoltek is producing its large tow carbon fiber at its plants in both Hungary and Mexico. This fiber is ideal for large scale commercial applications such as those in the growing wind energy and automotive industries.
In anticipation of a tremendous increase in demand for large tow carbon fiber, Zoltek has a plan to double its current global production by 2020 from the current capacity of 13,000 tons per year. To support this growth, Zoltek will begin phased enhancements to the Mexican plant.
Zoltek acquired a textile acrylic fiber plant in Mexico in 2007 and had made an investment to convert the plant to carbon fiber production. Zoltek de Mexico is a critical facility for Zoltek’s carbon fiber operations. The facility has the existing infrastructure needed for expansion and will prove vital for fulfilling the demand of carbon fiber, including future supply to the growing Mexican automobile industry.