Industry Market Trends

New Research Seeks A Way to Recycle & Reuse Carbon Fiber

December 18, 2012

While “put the pedal to the metal” has a nice ring to it, increasingly, when we drive – or fly – there is a rapidly decreasing amount of actual metal involved. If you have flown on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, you have flown on a plane made of 50 percent carbon fiber. If you have driven a Ford GT, you have also rolled some carbon fiber down the highway. Carbon fiber isn't a new material – Thomas Edison actually tinkered with it as a filament for a light bulb – but in an era of rising fuel costs and carbon footprint awareness, it’s getting more attention as a building material for anything that could stand to be a bit lighter. The properties of carbon fiber and its composites – high tensile strength, chemical and heat resistance, low thermal expansion and rigidity – make the material ideal for aerospace and automotive uses. Aircraft or automobiles produced with a high percentage of carbon fiber is both durable and fuel efficient. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap.  Read More

Industry Market Trends

Industry Experts: What the Fiscal Cliff Means for Manufacturing

December 18, 2012

With the fiscal cliff deadline rapidly approaching, the U.S. economy is poised to take a severe hit from major spending cuts and tax increases.  Experts from ISM and MAPI tell IMT about how these changes would affect the industrial sector and what manufacturers can expect if the country goes off the cliff. Read More