08/12/2022 01:44 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 (Bernama) -- Zoltek Corporation, the largest global manufacturer of industrial grade carbon fiber, has recently celebrated the 80th birthday of its founder, Zsolt Rumy.

“Zsolt is a true pioneer who lived the American dream. He built a company and changed the carbon fiber industry forever. We are all honoured to be part of his journey and grateful for his leadership and friendship.

“Now it’s our job to carry his vision forward and bring our low-cost carbon fiber to new applications around the world,” said Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Dave Purcell, in a statement.

Born in December 1942 in Budapest, Hungary, Rumy was a carbon fiber industry pioneer that ultimately changed the carbon fiber world.

He created the first industrial-grade carbon fiber made to compete against other common building materials, and created Zoltek Corporation to drive the commercialisation of carbon fibers. 

His vision of a low-cost carbon fiber began on a pilot line in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and later became realised after acquiring an acrylic fiber factory, Magyar Viscosa, back in his native Hungary.  

He led a team of engineers that were able to convert this acrylic fiber factory to the world’s first low-cost carbon fiber factory.

Zoltek Corporation is the most trusted manufacturer of cost-efficient and customer-centric industrial grade carbon fiber used for automotive parts, wind turbine blades, thermoplastic compounding, and marine infrastructure, among others.


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