However, considerable challenges remain, as described by an LBCF expert we interviewed: "The likelihood of [users] adopting both a new material and a new process all at once is probably pretty low." The solution, according to a carbon fiber policy expert, is a collaborative IP strategy: "If you don't get a variety of folks in the room, from lignin suppliers to technology licensers to operators to materials manufacturers to end-users, you're not going to build this industry." In fact, the industry appears to be quite open to this sort of collaboration.
As with resin applications, there have not yet been any patent applications for LBCF, although an initial market study has determined that the market size exceeds the TTO's investment threshold.
From left, Nick Chadaway, co-owner of DMN Logistics, Khawar Ahmad, relationship manager, LBCF
, Andrew Collett, client manager at LBCF