Reliance likely to set up first carbon fibre unit

New Delhi: Reliance Industries is investing in setting up India’s first carbon fibre manufacturing unit to cater to aerospace and defence needs, the company said in its annual report.

The owner of world’s largest oil refining complex will also make low-cost and high-volume composite products like modular toilets, homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades.

Without giving investment details, Reliance in its latest annual report said it has developed capabilities for 3D printing of wide-range of plastic and metals products.

Reliance is developing new business verticals in the petrochemicals business to capture Rs 30,000 crore composites market and has plans to produce graphene, enhanced plastics and elastomers, fibre reinforced composites which can replace steel.

A composite is an engineered material made from two or more ingredients with significantly differing properties, either physical or chemical. One of the most common forms of composite in use today is carbon fibre. It is made by heating lengths of rayon, pitch or other types of fibre to extremely high temperatures in an oxygen-deprived oven.

The resultant rayon strands are spun into a thread, then woven into sheets and mixed with hardening resins to form the various components needed.

Know about composite

It is an engineered material made from two or more ingredients with significantly differing properties, either physical or chemical.

One of the most common forms of composite in use is carbon fibre.

The acquisition

It has acquired the assets of Kemrock Industries to enter the composites business and is focusing on thermoset composites such as glass and carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymers (FRPs).

It is made by heating lengths of rayon, pitch or other types of fiber to extremely high temperatures in an oxygen-deprived oven. The resultant rayon strands are spun into a thread, then woven into sheets and mixed with hardening resins to form the various components needed.

The market

  • RIL is the owner of world’s largest oil refining complex.
  • Composite products are used in a wide range of markets and applications: industrial, railways, renewable energy, defence and aerospace.
  • Will also make homes and composites for windmill blades and rotor blades.

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