Reliance investing in India's first carbon fibre unit

Reliance Industries acquired the assets of Kemrock Industries and entered the composites business.

The company focussed its attention on thermoset composites such as glass and carbon fibre-reinforced polymers (FRPs). The ability to deliver good strength (similar to or better than steel) at a significantly lower weight is a critical performance attribute of FRPs. Additionally, FRPs can withstand harsh weather, have a long life with minimal maintenance, are corrosion resistant and can be moulded into any shape. Composites are used in a wide range of markets and applications: industrial, railways, renewable energy, defence and aerospace. The market for composites in India is over `30,000 crore and growing rapidly.

RIL expects the newly launched Reliance Composites Solutions (RCS) business to be the No. 1 composites player in India. RCS will develop the full range of capabilities, ranging from composite part design, resin formulation and fibre/fabric to the final part production. RIL will focus on design and specifications driven markets and applications that are critical to India and have the potential to grant better returns.

These include:

  • Wind mill blades (especially those over 65 metres long) and ancillary parts for the wind energy market
  • Parts for railways and metros, which have exacting standards of performance and safety (especially fire retardant)
  • Innovative solutions such as carbon wraps to rehabilitate/ refurbish India’s old infrastructure – bridges, buildings (for improved seismic performance) and pipes RIL is investing in India’s first and largest carbon fibre production line with its own technology – to cater to India’s aerospace and defence needs as well as the specialty industrial applications

Moreover, RCS will design and administer low-cost and high-volume products such as modular toilets and homes to support the Swachh Bharat Mission, disaster relief measures and Housing for All programmes initiated by the Indian Government. RIL is building a robust competence around application development, materials engineering and formulation development to support the new as well as the existing polymer businesses.

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This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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