Shelton company gears up for world's biggest industrial fair

For the fourth year, a Connecticut exhibit will showcase the state’s hydrogen and fuel cell companies at the world’s biggest industrial fair — the Hannover Messe from April 13-17 in Germany.

Shelton-based Engineered Fibers Technology (EFT) will attend the international event for the third year.

Connecticut has 50% of the region’s hydrogen and fuel cell jobs, and 30% of America’s, according to publicity material on EFT’s involvement in the fair.

The state’s prominent role in the industry should help EFT make contacts at the show, with the goal being to expand its export business.

Produces fibers and materials

EFT, located on Long Hill Cross Road, produces high performance fibers and materials, many used in technical papers and engineered materials. Its Spectracarb GDL porous graphite conductive papers and panels are used in fuel cell and other electrochemical devices.

The company was founded in 1998 and now is located in an expanded manufacturing and research facility.

Connecticut’s exhibit at the industrial fair in Germany is the result of a collaboration involving the state Department of Economic and Community Development as well as the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster and Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition.

The cluster and coalition entities are both administered by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.