To put into perspective how much carbon fiber SHOULD cost to produce. BMW and SGL Carbon have announced a joint venture where SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC will build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, WA. During the initial phase, US$ 100 million will be invested and 80 local jobs will be created. Compare this to the cost of cheap replica carbon manufacturers and you get a sense of the cost of properly produce quality parts. Granted this facility won’t be producing carbon fiber hoods or cosmetic accessories but actually carbon composites for upcoming BMW vehicles, it is is something to think about when loosely using the word carbon or dry carbon to describe parts. Not all carbon is created equal.
As another comparison, the Challenge Technology Center in Japan which produces ASM dry carbon and frp products is a million+ dollar facility with state of the machinery. So do the math, a million dollar facility to produce a $1500 bumper compared to a couple thousand dollar facility to produce a $500 replica part, which is a better value?