The carbon fiber composites business is getting a boost in Australia through establishment of Carbon Nexus, a research facility dedicated to R&D on carbon fiber and its composites. The A$34 million facility is part of the larger A$103 million Australian Future Fibres Research Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) located at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds, Victoria.
According to Brad Dunstan, CEO of the Victorian Centre for Advanced Materials Manufacturing (Knoxfield VIC), which is partnering Deakin University in Carbon Nexus, the facility opening in stages from later this year will be an "open access" R&D facility boasting a single tow line and a 20-tonnes/yr carbon fiber line that aims to facilitate world-class innovation in carbon fiber and composite solutions. "Australia currently accounts for just 1% of global carbon fiber composite demand yet there are big opportunities in automotive," says Dunstan. "But without this facility, the industry would be uniquely positioned to miss out [on growth in the carbon fiber sector]."