Teijin steps up efforts for CFRTPs

Japanese carbon fibres and composites firm Teijin has started operating a carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) unit at its Japanese facility. It is using its proprietary mass-production technology for CFRTP components, which significantly cuts cycle time for moulding composite products to a fraction of a minute, enabling speedy production of prototypes and performance evaluation tests, including complexshaped moulded products and large components.

Aiming to step up collaboration with automotive makers worldwide, Teijin expects the new plant to realise this and at the same time create markets for other applications. Continued developments are being pushed through joint efforts with Teijin Composites Innovation Centre and US-based Teijin Composites Application Centre, a technical centre that opened early this year.

Teijin’s conventional CFRTP is also being used in a Japanese sports car Lexus LFA cabin, which is made up of 65% CFRTP, accounting for its light weight compared to an aluminium cabin.

(IMA)

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