Scientists, engineers, business leaders and vendors have been meeting this week in East Tennessee at a high tech conference.
The Composite World 2013 Carbon Fiber conference wrapped up Thursday morning with a tour of the Oak Ridge National Lab's Carbon Fiber Technology Center.
Industry representatives from around the world toured the facility. The lab's goal is to find ways of making lower cost carbon fibers.
The results of those experiments are shared with the industry.
"Not only do we want to introduce lighter weight, stronger materials for energy applications but we also want to grow an industry in this region around carbon fiber and composites, so being able to showcase for all these industry guests today, of what we're doing here-- we're definitely planting the seeds for the growth of this industry," said Lee McGetrick.
Lightweight carbon fiber materials are used in cars, airplanes, wind turbines and other high tech manufacturing.