Carbon fiber nonwovens as an innovative and sustainable reinforcement textile

In the last few years the use of carbon fibers has already proven many times that its unique properties revolutionize entire industries and set new impulses. These fibers are not only attractive due to their special look, but also because of their functional properties. As a result, they can be used to target different problems and needs across a wide range of technologies, such as lightweight construction, corrosion resistance and also sustainability of materials.

We at TENOWO produce nonwovens from " virgin carbon fibers" as well as from waste and cut fibers from the carbon fiber processing industries, in other words from recycled carbon fibers (rCF).

Application examples

Medical devices
Sporting Goods
injection molding
commercial vehicles

Further application possibilities

The possible applications of our carbon fiber nonwovens are enormously diverse due to their outstanding properties. Potential applications for rCF nonwovens are fiber reinforced components (applications for example in automotive/ construction/ transportation/ aerospace/ sports) and heat or electromagnetic shielding. Other applications: Sporting goods, mechanical engineering, boat construction, mold manufacturing, commercial vehicles, consumer electronics, medical devices and construction renovation.

Recycled carbon fibers as a valuable raw material

Carbon fiber recyclates (rCF) are contrary to general opinion not waste, they are a valuable, sustainable raw material, created for a 2nd application masterpiece, the so called "Sustainable2nd Life". Regardless of whether virgin fiber or recycled fiber is used for nonwovens production, a wide range of material properties can be achieved, which find applications in numerous industries. The use of rCF nonwovens offers enormous benefits and demonstrates special advantages.

Benefits and properties of our rCF nonwovens

How we return waste materials back into the cycle

The fibers as raw material for the rCF nonwovens are provided by carbon fiber processing industries. These can be edge trimmings from fabric and scrim production or fibers from "end of life" components. In addition to pure carbon fibers, blends with other fiber types, for example thermoplastic fibers, can also be processed according to customer requirements.


From carbon fiber to nonwoven


Material designs


Needle-punched carbon fiber nonwovens


Maliwatt Carbon Fiber Nonwovens


Needle-punched hybrid nonwovens (carbon and thermoplastic fibers)


Maliwatt hybrid nonwovens (carbon and thermoplastic fibers)


Carbon fiber nonwovens combined with continuous textiles


Technical specifications

Properties Stitch-bonding Needle punching
Fabric width Up to 150 cm Up to 200 cm
Grammage 100 g/m² – 350 g/m² 100 g/m² – 600 g/m²
Grammage tolerance +/- 10 %
Carbon fiber lengths 40 – 80 mm
Fiber orientation cross laid

Processing methods

Our carbon fiber nonwovens are well suited for the following processing methods:

Hand lamination, press processes, resin infusion processes, winding processes, pultrusion and autoclave technologies.

Shape examples


Bicycle seat


Freeform component




Freeform component

Your direct contact

TENOWO Composites - Sales

+49 (0) 9281 49-0

Global Footprint

Tenowo GmbH
Fabrikzeile 21
95028 Hof

Tenowo Hof GmbH (Germany)
Werk Moschendorf
Oberkotzauer Str. 4
95032 Hof

Tenowo Reichenbach GmbH
Am Windrad 5
08468 Heinsdorfergrund / Reichenbach

Tenowo Mittweida GmbH
Viersener Straße 18
09648 Mittweida
MILAN (Italy)
Tenowo Italia S.r.l.
Via Sardegna, 18/20
20072 Fizzonasco di Pieve Emanuele (MI)
Huzhou (China)
Tenowo Huzhou New Materials Co., Ltd.
555 Huangzhishan Road
Huzhou City 313005
Zhejiang Province, China
Lincolnton (USA)
1968 Kawai Road
Lincolnton, N.C. 28092
Tenowo de Mexico S de RL de CV
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