MRL, through its subsidiary MIS.Carbonart Pty Ltd (MIS.Carbonart), has established a carbon fibre manufacturing facility with the core focus of manufacturing structural components for mining and mining construction applications. Its first product is a carbon fibre truck tray for a 150 t capacity haul truck, which is now available.
“Much the same way as a steel mill makes steel beams, pipes and plates, MIS.Carbonart manufactures structural components from carbon fibre composites using automated robotic technology. The weight saving, wear and corrosion advantages achieved by using composites over traditional steel based materials are significant, and these combine to result in material cost savings for the applications to which the composites are employed.”
MIS.Carbonart’s first manufactured product line is mining truck trays utilising carbon fibre. The weight savings from using carbon fibre in lieu of steel result in a material increase in payload ability, which in turn produces considerable operational cost savings. Now the mining truck tray project is well underway the intention is to achieve commercial production, then expand and commercialise a range of mining products from its carbon fibre operation.