Oak Ridge Drives Advanced Manufacturing

Innovation, Manufacturing, and Movement.

The Oak Ridge Technology Corridor is a place that brings the triple-threat advantage to companies who locate here.

When companies locate in Oak Ridge, they enjoy a privileged place in the advancement of new technologies. That part should be obvious. But the East Tennessee region also brings manufacturing and logistical advantages.

The automotive industry has long found a welcome home in East Tennessee. Along with advantageous adjacency to these manufacturers and their workforce, the nearby intersection of America’s two biggest interstate systems, I-40 and I-75, puts 50% of the U.S. population within a 9-hour drive.

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The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF), established in 2013, is the Department of Energy’s only designated user facility for carbon fiber innovation. The CFTF, a 42,000 sq. ft. facility, provides a platform for identifying high-potential, low-cost raw materials, including textile, lignin, polymer, and hydrocarbon-based precursors. Using the CFTF, ORNL is developing optimal mechanical properties for carbon fiber material, focusing on structural properties and process optimization.

The facility, with its 390 ft. long processing line, is capable of custom unit operation configuration and has a capacity of up to 25 tons per year, allowing industry to validate conversion of its carbon fiber precursors at semi-production scale. The CFTF supports the technology development and commercial deployment of carbon fiber in the United States for use in clean energy applications. Additionally, research focuses on further understanding the kinetics of carbon fiber manufacturing, energy consumption, and environmental impact.

Across its energy science and technology user facilities, ORNL delivers breakthroughs from generation to distribution and storage to end use, accelerating America’s transformation to a clean, efficient, flexible, and secure energy future.

Labor Statistics for the Advanced Manufacturing Sector

The Oak Ridge labor shed includes a unique combination of know-how and can-do. Check out the muscle we have in advanced manufacturing in our region.

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Advanced Manufacturing Moves Ahead in Oak Ridge

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