Kemrock commissions India's first carbon fibre plant

The new carbon fibre plant in Vadodara, Gujarat, was set up with technology know-how from CSIR - National Aerospace Laboratory, Bengaluru, India. It has an initial capacity of 400 tonnes a year. The project investment of Rs200 crores was financed through a mix of equity, debt and internal accruals.

Kemrock will manufacture carbon fibre composites and prepregs for advanced composites applications in the defence, aerospace, wind energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors.

The Honourable Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, inaugurated the new carbon fibre facility on 9 May.

Speaking at the event, Kalpesh Patel, CMD, Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd, said: ‘’With the commissioning of this unit, we complete the most ambitious project since our inception. Today, we unveil a new chapter that would propel our company to greater heights in the coming years. In-house production of carbon fibre is the first step towards establishing a self sufficient domestic capability to produce composite products for the aerospace, defence and wind energy markets. The carbon fibre capability will be a strategic fit to our existing operations, augmenting our resin production, technical fabric capability and moulding ability.”

Headquartered in Vadodara, India, Kemrock Industries and Exports Ltd (BSE: 526015) produces a variety of composite products, including wind turbine blades, rail coach interiors and exteriors, pultruded profiles, piping systems, and lighting poles.