[...] Carbon fibre supply has also become a major challenge as the airframe industry has slowly grown an affinity with this material. Both Boeing and Airbus are heavily involved in carbon-fibre related projects and given the man-engineering nature of this type of composite material; the need for raw material is bound to explode. As Eric Koh from Martec, a large Taiwanese carbon processor, acknowledged a few years back, “a single Airbus A380 superjumbo jet will use some 70,000 metric tons of carbon fiber, while the entire sporting goods industry consumes about 200,000 tons a year. We’re talking about three Airbuses”. “And they have 150 on order” he added. [...]
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