Ceramic Industry

Harper Installs Pilot-Scale Carbon Fiber Line for FISIPE

December 17, 2010

Harper International has installed a full pilot-scale carbon fiber (CF) process line for FISIPE, S.A., a maker of specialty acrylic fibers for technical applications. In addition, the companies have developed a collaborative agreement in which the pilot process line in Lavradio, Portugal, is available to other select Harper clients.

Harper was chosen as the primary partner for engineering, process equipment, installation supervision and startup for a complete pilot-scale CF line rated for production of carbon fibers from 24,000 to 320,000 from a PAN-based precursor. Harper’s process equipment solution incorporates the company’s proprietary multi-flow oxidation oven, advanced LT and HT slot furnaces rated for 800°C and 1800°C, respectively, surface treatment and waste gas abatement systems, and winders.

“FISIPE partnered with Harper due to their background in carbon fiber process equipment,” said José Miguel Contreiras, commercial manager and board member of FISIPE. “Harper offered to us the most credible proposition and we are extremely confident that our collaborative agreement will be mutually beneficial.”

“At Harper, we seek to partner collaboratively with clients as they develop, refine and scale up their process technologies,” said Charles Miller, Jr., president of Harper International. “Our depth of expertise and unique ability to create solutions enables firms like FISIPE to optimize their R&D investments and achieve their goals more swiftly and successfully.”

For additional details, visit www.harperintl.com or www.fisipe.pt.