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Road map 2014-2025

Innventia and Swerea SICOMP currently have a high degree of expertise and advanced laboratories for the parts of the value chain on which the two institutes are focusing. Innventia’s and Swerea SICOMP’s areas of expertise complement each other, giving an academic and technological breadth that is unique in the world.

It is our aim to work together to develop expertise and experimental resources in a smart way and thereby form a unique, unbroken value chain and a strong R&D environment from the forest to lignin-based carbon fibre products.

The road map includes the following steps:

  • work on a laboratory scale and pilot scale until 2017/2018, with the goal of producing data for a demonstration facility,
  • prior to industrial operation, establish a Swedish national demonstration facility for lignin-based carbon fibre, including composite manufacturing, with an annual capacity of approximately 50 tonnes of carbon fibre,
  • component testing 2018-2022 and
  • industrial production in Sweden by 2025.

The timetable for structural and non-structural carbon fibre can be accelerated by a major investment in both R&D and equipment. The market launch of non-structural applications can be expected to take place sooner. The speed of implementation will depend on the level of commitment of the industry during the development period.

Road map Carbon fibre Innventia

Road map for the industrial production of lignin-based carbon fibre in Sweden.

In addition to these concrete steps, it is vital to secure interest from industrial players and other financial backers throughout the entire value chain in order to:

  • establish the necessary properties of carbon fibre for various applications,
  • finance a continuous pilot facility for R&D work,
  • finance a national R&D programme,
  • finance a Swedish demonstration facility, and
  • set up a carbon fibre factory in Sweden.

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