4M’s mission is to fundamentally change the carbon fiber market.
4M Carbon Fiber was created in 2015 by a group of scientists and engineers seeking to exploit the potential of industrial carbon fiber. 4M saw an opportunity to modernize the fiber oxidation process, a time- and energy-hungry process that had remained stagnant since the 1960s. The result: a radical new process that improves upon the traditional method in every metric. And, a fiber of unmatched quality, now challenging the outdated price-to-performance paradigm.
4M continues to develop completely new ways of converting a variety of precursors into oxidized fiber and carbon fiber. It is 4M’s vision to fundamentally change the nature of the carbon fiber market from the boutique material it is today to a truly commoditized product, and to help foster an industry where price reductions and throughput increases spark exponential growth in demand and the discovery of new high-volume applications.
Through the introduction of new manufacturing technologies, worldwide open standardization, and new product formats that enable rapid part fabrication, 4M will usher in this commoditization not only through the production of our own fiber, but also through collaboration with other carbon fiber manufacturers and major industry players.
And this is just the beginning. 4M is currently in the opening stages of standing up the first commercial-scale plasma-oxidation carbon fiber manufacturing facility in the US, with plans of expansion to 4 lines within the next five years. Automotive, wind energy, infrastructure, and aerospace are already leveraging the benefits of carbon fiber, but with this resource now available to other sectors, where else could it take us?