China carbon fiber industry started late. Now, it is only sophisticated at T300 carbon fiber production processes, makes breakthroughs in T700 and T800 technologies and realizes small-lot production. However, the Chinese producers hold backward technologies and pay high production costs; coupled with the declining international carbon fiber price in recent three years, Chinese carbon fiber enterprises are confronted with operating difficulties with a low operating rate. In 2015, China's output of carbon fiber only reached about 4,000 tons, and the self-sufficiency ratio was less than 20%.
In 2015, there were more than 30 Chinese carbon fiber manufacturers, but only Hengshen Co., Ltd and Zhongfu Shenying achieved the respective output of above 1,000 tons, while the carbon fiber devices of some enterprises were in a shutdown state. In China, Zhongfu Shenying holds the largest carbon fiber capacity, namely 6,300 tons, of which 2,100 tons were gained in 2015. Hengshen Co., Ltd is the first carbon fiber and composite materials enterprise on NEW OTCBB (Over the Counter Bulletin Board), with a complete industrial chain ranging from carbon fiber precursor to terminal composites.
China's demand for carbon fiber has always remained robust and will still ascend at the growth rate of over 15% in the next five years. The favorable national policies and huge market potentials have allured a number of listed companies to step in the field of carbon fiber and composite materials, for instance, Beijing Kangde Xin Composite Material has made layout for auto-related carbon fiber composite materials and studied carbon fiber components of new energy vehicles in cooperation with BAIC BJEV; by virtue of its technological advantages in stamping and molding, Haiyuan Automatic Equipments Co., Ltd. has raised RMB600 million for R & D and production of carbon fiber body parts of new energy vehicle.