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Mitsubishi Chemical to start SMC facility in Italy; targeting auto sector

Mitsubishi Chemical to start SMC facility in Italy; targeting auto sector

Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) is setting up a European carbon fibre sheet moulding compound (SMC) production facility in Italy. The new facility, slated to start operations in September 2020, will be located on a site adjoining C.P.C. SRL in Modena, Italy, in which MCC holds a 44% equity stake.

MCC-developed SMC is a sort of intermediate material for carbon fibre strengthened plastics (CFRPs) and a sheet-shaped material in which carbon fibres are dispersed in resin in lengths of several centimetres. By pressing moulding, the SMC can be processed into components in a short time, i.e. approximately 2 to 5 minutes. In contrast to prepreg intermediate materials (uncut carbon fibre fabric impregnated with resin), this SMC features high formability for moulding complicated shaped parts.

Mitsubishi Chemical to start SMC facility in Italy; targeting auto sector

In Japan, MCC produces SMC at its Aichi Plant. Automotive makers in Japan have already adopted SMC for automobile door and luggage compartment inner panels and structural components for rear doors. Through CPC, MCC has developed its mobility business in Europe, using CFRPs as the main structural material. It has moved ahead with the development of SMC to gain certification for automotive applications, mainly from several European luxury automakers, anticipating wider adoption in the future.

To meet such strong demand, MCC says it will start up its new SMC production facility in Modena, Italy, to offer increased production capacity. Modena offers a tradition of cutting edge engineering, a smooth access to MCC’s customers in the automotive market, as well as skilled labour forces. The new production facility, in addition to MCC’s current facility in Aichi, will bolster SMC production and contribute to further expansion of MCC’s global sales.

MCC says it will proactively offer ideal arrangements in the portability field, which shows noteworthy mechanical development, by joining its carbon fibre creation destinations in Japan, the US, and Europe, CPC’s trim advances, and the promoting abilities of Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG (formerly known as Quadrant), which has solid showcasing capacities and incredible deals systems, especially in Europe and the U.S.

(IMA)


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